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The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

45 ratings

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Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction. Please note: This book was originally published in six volumes: 1.The Gathering Storm 2. Their Finest Hour 3. The Grand Alliance 4. The Hinge of Fate5. Closing the Ring 6. Triumph and Tragedy Churchill then condensed these into four volumes, which have since been released as one, rather hefty, publication. Audible has published the unabridged recordings of Churchill's condensed volume, divided into four parts, as follows: 1.Milestone to Disaster 2.Alone 3.The Grand Alliance 4.Triumph and Tragedy

©1959 Cassell and Co. Ltd; 1990 the Esate of Winston Churchill (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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The Beginning of Infinity

26 ratings

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A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today's great thinkers. Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In this important new book, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe. They have unlimited scope and power to cause change, and the quest to improve them is the basic regulating principle not only of science but of all successful human endeavor. This stream of ever improving explanations has infinite reach, according to Deutsch: we are subject only to the laws of physics, and they impose no upper boundary to what we can eventually understand, control, and achieve. In his previous book, The Fabric of Reality, Deutsch describe the four deepest strands of existing knowledge-the theories of evolution, quantum physics, knowledge, and computation-arguing jointly they reveal a unified fabric of reality. In this new book, he applies that worldview to a wide range of issues and unsolved problems, from creativity and free will to the origin and future of the human species. Filled with startling new conclusions about human choice, optimism, scientific explanation, and the evolution of culture, The Beginning of Infinity is a groundbreaking audio book that will become a classic of its kind.

©2011 David Deutsch (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

Category: History, World
Length: 20 hrs
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Forgiveness

338 ratings

Summary

When the Second World War broke out, Ralph MacLean chose to escape his troubled life on the Magdalen Islands in eastern Canada and volunteer to serve his country overseas. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Mitsue Sakamoto saw her family and her stable community torn apart after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Like many young Canadian soldiers, Ralph was captured by the Japanese army. He would spend the war in prison camps, enduring pestilence, beatings and starvation as well as a journey by hell ship to Japan to perform slave labor, while around him his friends and countrymen perished. Back in Canada, Mitsue and her family were expelled from their home by the government and forced to spend years eking out an existence in rural Alberta, working other people's land for a dollar a day. By the end of the war, Ralph emerged broken but a survivor. Mitsue, worn down by years of backbreaking labour, had to start all over again in Medicine Hat, Alberta. A generation later, at a high school dance, Ralph's daughter and Mitsue's son fell in love. Although the war toyed with Ralph's and Mitsue's lives and threatened to erase their humanity, these two brave individuals somehow surmounted enormous transgressions and learned to forgive. Without this forgiveness, their grandson Mark Sakamoto would never have come to be.

©2014 Mark Sakamoto (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
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The Decline of the West

Summary

The Decline of the West - Volume 1 published in 1917, Volume 2 in 1922 - has exercised and challenged opinion ever since. It was a huge undertaking by Oswald Spengler (1880-1936), formerly an unpublished historian and philosopher who set out to radically reconsider history - the rise and fall of world civilisations and their cultures.  His primary view was to reject the established Eurocentric paradigm (ancient/classical, Medieval - and, following the Renaissance - modern) and to take a totally new perspective. First and foremost, his intention was to offer a world overview; and on that basis to present and discuss the premise that the story of the history of man followed a fundamental pattern wherever on the globe it arose. Of particular interest to him were the characteristics of the separate and distinct cultures (established through developments in science, mathematics and the arts). The major cultures he identifies are Babylonian, Egyptian, Chinese, Indian, Mesoamerican (Mayan-Aztec), classical (Greek/Roman), Arabian and Western (European and American). Spengler offered another division - three distinct phases: Magian (societies dominated by monotheism - Persian as well as Semitic religions), Apollonian (ancient Greece and Rome) and Faustian (the ‘modern Western societies’ of his time). All these civilisations can be seen to emerge and decline in seasonal form depicted in terms of spring, summer, autumn, winter. Within the context of this map comes the detail.  Spengler drew on his broad reading to tell the story, to make the links, to ink in the patterns. His breadth of sources and insights of observations and (strongly defined) opinions is fascinating and often persuasive but sometimes contentious. Inevitably, for such an ambitious work, it has garnered controversy since it first appeared. Certainly for a generation it was required reading.  First appearing in Germany (it was finally released in one volume in 1923 and translated into other languages) its reception was coloured by the timing. Both admired and criticised, it had its base in a Germany undergoing severe economic and psychological difficulties, only to be swept aside by the rise of Nazism. Spengler rejected the racism of Nazism, but his strong attitudes (acknowledging, unapologetically, the effect of ‘imperial' individuals on history, whether through military, political or commercial activities) were often characterised as unfailingly right-wing. Not surprisingly, The Decline of the West has been in and out of fashion in the academic world, but also in its more popular appeal. However, in the dramatically changing world of the 21st century, there are resonances which are impossible to ignore.  ‘The man of action is always conscienceless,’ said Goethe, one of Spengler’s two main mentors (the other is Nietzsche). But Spengler is unequivocal in his conclusion - as one commentator wrote, ‘Spengler’s prophecy that Western Europe would lose its world hegemony has been fulfilled. Must Western culture also go under?’ Spengler has been accused of pessimism, and The Decline of the West is certainly an uncompromising book to read. But in the preface he is essentially circumspect about his purpose: ‘Is there a logic of history? Is there, beyond all the casual and incalculable elements of the separate event, something that we may call a metaphysical structure of historic humanity, something that is essentially independent of outward forms - social, spiritual and political - which we see so clearly?’  Peter Wickham brings his extensive background in the recording of major classical texts to make this immense work an absorbing listening experience. Translation: Charles Francis Atkinson. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2021 Ukemi Productions Ltd

Category: History, World
Length: 55 hrs and 52 mins
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The Great Terror

1 rating

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The definitive work on Stalin's purges, The Great Terror was universally acclaimed when it first appeared in 1968. While the original volume had relied heavily on unofficial sources, later developments within the Soviet Union provided an avalanche of new material, which Conquest has mined to write this revised and updated edition of his classic work. Under the light of fresh evidence, it is remarkable how many of Conquest's most disturbing conclusions have been verified. Many details have also been added, including hitherto secret information on the three great "Moscow Trials", the purge of writers and other members of the intelligentsia, life in the labor camps, and many other key matters. Both a leading Sovietologist and a highly respected poet, Conquest blends profound research with evocative prose to create a compelling and eloquent chronicle of one of the 20th century's most tragic events.

©1990 Robert Conquest (P)1992 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Category: History, World
Length: 30 hrs and 34 mins
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A Brief History of the World

33 ratings

Summary

The construction of the great pyramids of Egypt, the development of democracy in ancient Greece, the glories of ancient Rome - these stories are familiar to students of history. But what about the rest of the world? How do the histories of China and Japan, or Russia, India, and the remote territories of Sub-Saharan Africa and South America fit in with commonly known accounts of Western traditions? Learn the rest of the story with these 36 riveting lectures that survey the expanse of human development and civilization across the globe. From the invention of agriculture in the Neolithic era to the urbanized, technologically sophisticated world of the 21st century, you'll apprehend "the big picture" of world history. You'll examine and compare the peoples, cultures, and nations of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas to understand how, throughout history, peoples all over the world have connected and interacted, traded goods and technology, and conquered and learned from each other. As you travel around the world and through time, Professor Stearns provides surprising insights that will overturn many of your assumptions about history. For instance, you'll see how the invention of agriculture brought with it a number of drawbacks, such as a new inequality between men and women and greater exposure to epidemic diseases. Fascinating episodes like these will give you a deep appreciation for the human experience as it was lived throughout the centuries. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2007 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2007 The Great Courses

Category: History, World
Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
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Ancient Mesopotamia

65 ratings

Summary

When we imagine what life might have been like thousands of years in the past, the images we often conjure are primitive ones: reed and mud huts or plain brick dwellings, cooking pits, villagers, and simple farms. That was indeed what life was like in the earliest settlements, but by 5,000 years ago, life in some places had become much more sophisticated than we might think. Impressive achievements - like stepped temples that towered like mountains, elaborate palaces (some with bathrooms and plumbing), and complex houses - were also a part of life for people who lived in cities that arose thousands of years ago, particularly in the fertile region that emerged along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Welcome to Mesopotamia, the ancient name for the region that is now Iraq, a remarkably advanced civilization that flourished for two-thirds of the time that civilization has existed on Earth. Mesopotamians mastered irrigation agriculture; built the first complex urban societies; developed writing, literature, and law; and united vast regions through warfare and diplomacy. While civilizations like Greece and Rome have an unbroken tradition of written histories, the rich history of Mesopotamia has only been recently rediscovered, thanks to the decipherment of Mesopotamia's cuneiform writing less than 200 years ago. In this 24-lecture course taught by Professor Podany, you'll fill in the blanks of your historical understanding as you witness a whole new world opening before your eyes. Riveting stories about kings and priestesses as well as ordinary people from all walks of life transport you back in time, giving you invaluable insights into the history of a landmark region that has long been known as the cradle of civilization. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 

©2018 The Great Courses (P)2018 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
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A Short History of Nearly Everything

459 ratings

Summary

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson’s quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. His challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through time and space, Bill Bryson takes us with him on the ultimate eye-opening journey and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

©2003 Bill Bryson (P)2003 Random House Audiobooks

Category: History, World
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Inglorious Empire

49 ratings

Summary

In the 18th century, India's share of the world economy was as large as Europe's. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. Beyond conquest and deception, the Empire blew rebels from cannons, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalized racism, and caused millions to die from starvation.   British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed, but Shashi Tharoor takes on and demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial "gift" - from the railways to the rule of law - was designed in Britain's interests alone. He goes on to show how Britain's Industrial Revolution was founded on India's deindustrialization and the destruction of its textile industry.  In this bold and incisive reassessment of colonialism, Tharoor exposes to devastating effect the inglorious reality of Britain's stained Indian legacy.

©2016 Shashi Tharoor (P)2018 Tantor

Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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Origin Story

74 ratings

Summary

A captivating history of the universe - from before the dawn of time through the far reaches of the distant future.  Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day - and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence?  These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of "Big History", the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. In Origin Story, Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we've come to know as "history". By focusing on defining events (thresholds), major trends, and profound questions about our origins, Christian exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together - from the creation of the planet to the advent of agriculture, nuclear war, and beyond. With stunning insights into the origin of the universe, the beginning of life, the emergence of humans, and what the future might bring, Origin Story boldly reframes our place in the cosmos.

©2018 David Christian (P)2018 Recorded Books

Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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This Fleeting World

Summary

This Fleeting World is the smallest book of big history, telling the story of the universe and history of humanity in less than five hours. Prize-winning historian David Christian covers it all in this compact, accessible, and inspiring guide to the history of everything from stars and empires to cities to the World Wide Web, capitalism, and globalization. David Christian's approach to human history and big history is a call to action based on a profound and fresh understanding of our place in the universe. This book is essential for our time. David Christian asks big questions. Will contemporary challenges lead to the emergence of a new global system capable of ecological, economic, and political stability? Or is the accelerating pace of change a prelude to a sudden, sharp collapse that will drive many parts of the world back to the productivity levels of the early agrarian era? He presents our origin story and the history of women and men across the entire world within the framework of the universe explaining, for example, that the chemicals we are made of come from supernovae. He tells the human story as a story of changes: changes in the ways we produce and distribute food, move from place to place, organize ourselves into communities, explore and populate our environment, and both create and respond to crises. He gives us maps of time, history on different temporal-spatial scales, and even offers paths to locate evidence that might challenge his big story. Big history leads to strategies for building a more sustainable world, and Berkshire Publishing is proud to offer this new edition of a big history for our common future. The 2018 edition has been expanded and updated for the general listener.

©2018 Berkshire Publishing (P)2018 Berkshire Publishing

Category: History, World
Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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How the Scots Invented the Modern World

12 ratings

Summary

Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As historian and author Arthur Herman reveals, in the 18th and 19th centuries Scotland made crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politics - contributions that have formed and nurtured the modern West ever since. This book is not just about Scotland: it is an exciting account of the origins of the modern world. No one who takes this incredible historical trek will ever view the Scots - or the modern West - in the same way again.

©2001 Arthur Herman (P)2016 Recorded Books

Category: History, World
Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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The Lost City of Z

43 ratings

Summary

A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the 20th century": What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z? In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world's largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humankind. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions helped inspire Conan Doyle's The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions, Fawcett embarked with his 21-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization, which he dubbed "Z", existed. Then he and his expedition vanished. Fawcett's fate, and the tantalizing clues he left behind about "Z", became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness. For decades scientists and adventurers have searched for evidence of Fawcett's party and the lost City of Z. As David Grann delved ever deeper into the mystery surrounding Fawcett's quest, and the greater mystery of what lies within the Amazon, he found himself, like the generations who preceded him, being irresistibly drawn into the jungle's "green hell". His quest for the truth and his stunning discoveries about Fawcett's fate and "Z" form the heart of this complex, enthralling narrative.

©2009 David Grann (P)2009 Random House

Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World

19 ratings

Summary

Beginning with the Renaissance, the culture of the West exploded. Over the next 600 years, rapid innovations in philosophy, technology, economics, military affairs, and politics allowed what had once been a cultural backwater left by the collapse of the Roman Empire to dominate the world. This comprehensive series of 48 lectures by an award-winning teacher and captivating lecturer will show you how - and why - this extraordinary transformation took place. As you listen to the series, you'll begin to grasp not only the history of Western civilization, but the meaning of civilization itself, as this grand narrative of the past five centuries creates a coherent context for the period's events and trends, and offers an analysis of what these five centuries have bequeathed to us. Lecture by lecture, you'll explores the ideas, events, and characters that modeled Western political, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, scientific, technological, and economic history between the 16th and 20th centuries. You'll learn how Western civilization was shaped by the low as well as the mighty, the practical as well as the artistic. You'll gain a larger understanding of the political, social, and cultural events that shaped Europe. And you'll explore the ramifications of these epoch-making events on the rest of the world, including the United States. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2006 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2006 The Great Courses

Narrator: Robert Bucholz
Category: History, World
Length: 24 hrs and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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The History of Science: 1700-1900

5 ratings

Summary

The scientific theories that were first discovered and made public in the years 1700-1900 are some of the most pivotal in history. Landmark theories of planetary motion, the workings of nature, and the speed of light were all ideas that took the world by storm. Now you can share in that story of discovery in a series of 36 lectures designed to give you a rock-solid understanding of the great discoveries of Newton, Darwin, Franklin, Pasteur, and so many others. You’ll see clearly how these great thinkers brought their ideas into a world and a time that resisted them, gaining a new admiration for their achievements in an atmosphere where scientific advancement had to struggle against established ways of both scientific and religious thinking. While many presentations of scientific history often neglect to consider its context - the societies and cultures in which our most influential "natural philosophers" (the term scientist didn’t exist until the mid-19th century) made their contributions - these lectures put that context in the forefront where it belongs, exploring how dynamics of time and place help determine the questions that get asked and the directions scientists pursue in response. The result is a series that adds invaluable historical depth and dimension to your study of science. As much about history as science - and often far more so, with the focus on the climate and process of scientific discovery rather than the science itself - this course will enhance your ability to see contemporary scientific events in a vividly informed context. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2003 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2003 The Great Courses

Category: History, World
Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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The Mutiny on Board H.M.S. Bounty

1 rating

Summary

Works of fiction, among them the Charles Laughton film, Mutiny on the Bounty, paint William Bligh as an ogre. Most paint Fletcher Christian, leader of the 1789 mutiny, as an honorable junior officer whose rebellion was justified. What's the real story? In a personal but objective narrative based on the Bounty's log, Bligh himself tells of the stormy voyage to Tahiti, his crew's insatiable attachment to the island paradise, and the incredible 3,600-mile journey to safety after the mutineers cast him, and 18 loyal crew members, adrift in a small, open boat with few supplies. Bligh's detractors say this narrative has many distortions and omissions; others judge it a remarkably dispassionate record. You can decide.

(P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.

Narrator: Jonathan Reese
Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Infinite Powers

19 ratings

Summary

Without calculus, we wouldn't have cell phones, TV, GPS, or ultrasound. We wouldn't have unraveled DNA or discovered Neptune or figured out how to put 5,000 songs in your pocket.     Though many of us were scared away from this essential, engrossing subject in high school and college, Steven Strogatz's brilliantly creative, down-to-earth history shows that calculus is not about complexity; it's about simplicity. It harnesses an unreal number - infinity - to tackle real world problems, breaking them down into easier ones and then reassembling the answers into solutions that feel miraculous.     Infinite Powers recounts how calculus tantalized and thrilled its inventors, starting with its first glimmers in ancient Greece and bringing us right up to the discovery of gravitational waves. Strogatz reveals how this form of math rose to the challenges of each age: how to determine the area of a circle with only sand and a stick; how to explain why Mars goes "backwards" sometimes; how to turn the tide in the fight against AIDS.     As Strogatz proves, calculus is truly the language of the universe. By unveiling the principles of that language, Infinite Powers makes us marvel at the world anew.

©2019 Steven Strogatz (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Bob Souer
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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The Ottoman Empire

40 ratings

Summary

By understanding the dramatic story of the Ottoman Empire - from its early years as a collection of raiders and conquerors to its undeniable power in the 15th and 16th centuries to its catastrophic collapse in the wreckage of the First World War - one can better grasp the current complexities of the Middle East. Over the course of these 36 enlightening lectures, investigate over 600 years of history that covers the nature of Ottoman identity, the achievements of the Sultan's court, and stories of confrontation and cooperation with the West. Befitting a story of such epic scope and grandeur, every lecture is a treasure trove of historical insights into the people, events, themes, and locales responsible for shaping the story of this often-overlooked empire. You'll cover everything from Rumi, the whirling dervishes, and the importance of the sultan's grand viziers to the wars of Sultan Suleiman I, the shadowy politics of the Committee of Union and Progress, and the birth of the Turkish Republic under Kemal Atatürk. Welcome to a fascinating story of the triumph and tragedy, war and peace, intellectual progress and civil insurrection of a great empire that, for all its glory and grandeur, has left an important legacy that will shape the future of the Balkan nation-states, the Turkish Republic, and the Arab world - and those of us in the West as well. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2017 The Great Courses

Narrator: Kenneth W. Harl
Category: History, World
Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up

64 ratings

Summary

Modern humans have come a long way in the 70,000 years they’ve walked the earth. Art, science, culture, trade - on the evolutionary food chain, we’re true winners. But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, and sometimes - just occasionally - we’ve managed to truly f--k things up. Weaving together history, science, politics, and pop culture, Humans offers a panoramic exploration of humankind in all its glory, or lack thereof. From Lucy, our first ancestor, who fell out of a tree and died, to General Zhou Shou of China, who stored gunpowder in his palace before a lantern festival, to the Austrian army attacking itself one drunken night, to the most spectacular fails of the present day, Humans reveals how even the most mundane mistakes can shift the course of civilization as we know it.  Lively, wry, and brimming with brilliant insight, this unique compendium offers a fresh take on world history and is one of the most entertaining listens of the year.

©2019 Tom Phillips (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Nish Kumar
Author: Tom Phillips
Category: History, World
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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The Crusades and Silk Road

Summary

If you want to discover the captivating history of the Crusades and Silk Road, then pay attention.... Two captivating manuscripts in one audiobook: The Crusades: A Captivating Guide to the Military Expeditions During the Middle Ages That Departed from Europe with the Goal to Free Jerusalem and Aid Christianity in the Holy Land The Silk Road: A Captivating Guide to the Ancient Network of Trade Routes Established During the Han Dynasty of China and How It Connected the East and West Here are just some of the topics covered in part one of this audiobook:  The First Crusade (1095-1099) - The Pope Calls the Faithful to Arms The Armies of the First Crusade Engage with the Enemy The Aftermath of the First Crusade The Second Crusade (1147-1149) - The Beginnings of the Kingdom of Jerusalem The Third Crusade (1189-1192) - The King’s Crusade The Fourth Crusade (1202-1204) - The Latin Empire of Constantinople and the Children’s Crusade The Fifth Crusade (1217-1221) The Sixth Crusade (1228) - The Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II Takes the Cross The Seventh Crusade (1248-1254) The Eighth Crusade (1270) And much, much more! Here are just some of the topics covered in part two of this audiobook:  Rome, Silk, and Ancient Geography Han Silk Production and Trade The Kingdom of Loulan Buddhists along the Silk Road Turfan: An Oasis on the Silk Road The Legend of Prester John Genghis Khan, Ruler of the Whole World The Lord of Xanadu, Kublai Khan: The Emperor of China Marco Polo Visits Kublai Khan’s China The Final Years of Kublai Khan And much, much more! So, if you want to learn more about the Crusades and Silk Road, get this audiobook now!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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Periodic Tales

Summary

Like the alphabet, the calendar, or the zodiac, the periodic table of the chemical elements has a permanent place in our imagination. But aside from the handful of common ones (iron, carbon, copper, gold), the elements themselves remain wrapped in mystery. We do not know what most of them look like, how they exist in nature, how they got their names, or of what use they are to us. Unlocking their astonishing secrets and colorful pasts, Periodic Tales is a passionate journey through mines and artists' studios, to factories and cathedrals, into the woods and to the sea to discover the true stories of these fascinating but mysterious building blocks of the universe.

©2011 Hugh Aldersey-Williams (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Antony Ferguson
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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A Distant Mirror

23 ratings

Summary

The 14th century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.   Barbara Tuchman reveals both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived. Here are the guilty passions, loyalties and treacheries, political assassinations, sea battles and sieges, corruption in high places and a yearning for reform, satire and humor, sorcery and demonology, and lust and sadism on the stage. Here are proud cardinals, beggars, feminists, university scholars, grocers, bankers, mercenaries, mystics, lawyers, and tax collectors, and, dominating all, the knight in his valor and "furious follies", a "terrible worm in an iron cocoon".

©1978 Barbara W. Tuchman (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

Narrator: Wanda McCaddon
Category: History, World
Length: 28 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

2 ratings

Summary

Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, tells his personal stories about more than 30 years of fighting for social change, from teaching at Spelman College to recent protests against war. A former bombardier in World War II, Zinn emerged in the civil rights movement as a powerful voice for justice. Although he's a fierce critic, he gives us reason to hope that by learning from history and engaging politically, we can make a difference in the world.

©2002 Howard Zinn (P)2017 Tantor

Author: Howard Zinn
Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs
Available on Audible
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A History of India

23 ratings

Summary

Over 5,000 years, India has been home to a rich tapestry of peoples and cultures. Two of the world's great religions - Hinduism and Buddhism - have their origins in South Asia, and the lands east of the Indus River have long been a central hub for trade, migration, and cultural exchange. Today the subcontinent contains 20 percent of the world's population and is a thriving center for global business, making this region one of most significant economic powerhouses in the world. Go inside this thrilling story with A History of India, a breathtaking survey of South Asia from its earliest societies along the Indus and Ganges rivers through the modern challenges of the 21st century. These 36 sweeping lectures enable you to understand the epic scope of the subcontinent's history. Perhaps the most important facet of this history is how diverse the region truly is. Roughly the size of continental Europe, India - along with its neighbors, Pakistan and Bangladesh - contains a myriad of ethnic groups, socioeconomic classes, religions, and cultural mores. In this wide-ranging investigation, you'll: Meet the many religious communities that have coexisted in India, including Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians Delve into the legacies of the Mauryan Empire, the Mughal Empire, and British colonialism - three of the few governments that ever unified the subcontinent Witness the fight for independence from European powers and the partition of the region into the countries of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh in the 20th century Consider the challenges and opportunities faced by this area today, from expanding urbanization to the vast need for energy sources to the ongoing heated debates about national identity Professor Fisher, who has traveled and taught in South Asia for decades, reveals this complex narrative with skill and compelling insights. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 The Great Courses (P)2016 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, World
Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
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Understanding Japan

111 ratings

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Japan's extraordinary culture is like no other in the world, and it remains mysterious to many of us. And that's unfortunate, because to truly understand Japan's influence on the world stage, one needs to understand Japan's culture - on its own terms. In an exciting partnership with the Smithsonian, The Great Courses presents these 24 lectures that offer an unforgettable tour of Japanese life and culture. Professor Ravina, with the expert collaboration of the Smithsonian's historians, brings you a grand portrait of Japan. From the dawn of Confucianism and the Meiji Restoration to World War II and the economic miracle years of 1955 to 1975, you'll explore landmark periods of Japanese history and learn how broad events and movements introduced, innovated, and revised everything from spirituality to popular entertainment. Along the way you'll get revealing insights into Shinto (Japan's indigenous religion), the art of Katsushika Hokusai, literary works like The Tale of Genji and the haiku of Basho, the everyday lives of samurai, the universal appeal of filmmakers like Akira Kurosawa, foods like yakitori and tempura, and so much more. You'll come away from Professor Ravina's final lecture with a stronger sense of the very soul of this one-of-a-kind nation.

©2015 The Great Courses (P)2015 The Teaching Company, LLC

Narrator: Mark J. Ravina
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs
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Poached

18 ratings

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Our insatiable demand for animals - for jewelry, pets, medicine, meat, trophies, and fur - is driving a worldwide poaching epidemic, threatening the continued existence of countless species. Illegal wildlife trade now ranks among the largest contraband industries in the world, yet compared to drug, arms, or human trafficking, the wildlife crisis has received scant attention and support, leaving it up to passionate individuals fighting on the ground to try to ensure that elephants, tigers, rhinos, and more are still around for future generations. As Reefer Madness (Schlosser) took us into the drug market, or Susan Orlean descended into the swampy obsessions of The Orchid Thief, Nuwer - an award-winning science journalist with a background in ecology - takes listeners on a narrative journey to the front lines of the trade: to killing fields in Africa, traditional medicine black markets in China, and wild meat restaurants in Vietnam. Through exhaustive first-hand reporting that took her to 10 countries, Nuwer explores the forces currently driving demand for animals and their parts; the toll that demand is extracting on species across the planet; and the conservationists, rangers, and activists who believe it is not too late to stop the impending extinctions.

©2018 Rachel Love Nuwer (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Category: History, World
Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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Great Mythologies of the World

106 ratings

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The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 The Great Courses (P)2015 The Teaching Company, LLC

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Money

29 ratings

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The cohost of the popular NPR podcast Planet Money provides a well-researched, entertaining, somewhat irreverent look at how money is a made-up thing that has evolved over time to suit humanity's changing needs. Money only works because we all agree to believe in it. In Money, Jacob Goldstein shows how money is a useful fiction that has shaped societies for thousands of years, from the rise of coins in ancient Greece to the first stock market in Amsterdam to the emergence of shadow banking in the 21st century. At the heart of the story are the fringe thinkers and world leaders who reimagined money. Kublai Khan, the Mongol emperor, created paper money backed by nothing, centuries before it appeared in the West. John Law, a professional gambler and convicted murderer, brought modern money to France (and destroyed the country's economy). The cypherpunks, a group of radical libertarian computer programmers, paved the way for bitcoin. One thing they all realized: What counts as money (and what doesn't) is the result of choices we make, and those choices have a profound effect on who gets more stuff and who gets less, who gets to take risks when times are good, and who gets screwed when things go bad. Lively, accessible, and full of interesting details (like the 43-pound copper coins that 17th-century Swedes carried strapped to their backs), Money is the story of the choices that gave us money as we know it today.

©2020 AG Prospect, LLC (P)2020 Hachette Books

Narrator: Jacob Goldstein
Category: History, World
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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The Boundless Sea

5 ratings

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Brought to you by Penguin. From the award-winning author of The Great Sea, a magnificent new global history of the oceans and of humankind's relationship with the sea. For most of human history, the seas and oceans have been the main means of long-distance trade and communication between peoples - for the spread of ideas and religion as well as commerce. This book traces the history of human movement and interaction around and across the world's greatest bodies of water, charting our relationship with the oceans from the time of the first voyagers. David Abulafia begins with the earliest of seafaring societies - the Polynesians of the Pacific, the possessors of intuitive navigational skills long before the invention of the compass, who by the first century were trading between their far-flung islands.  By the seventh century, trading routes stretched from the coasts of Arabia and Africa to southern China and Japan, bringing together the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific and linking half the world through the international spice trade. In the Atlantic, centuries before the little kingdom of Portugal carved out its powerful, seaborne empire, many peoples sought new lands across the sea - the Bretons, the Frisians and, most notably, the Vikings, now known to be the first Europeans to reach North America. As Portuguese supremacy dwindled in the late 16th century, the Spanish, the Dutch and then the British each successively ruled the waves.    Following merchants, explorers, pirates, cartographers and travellers in their quests for spices, gold, ivory, slaves, lands for settlement and knowledge of what lay beyond, Abulafia has created an extraordinary narrative of humanity and the oceans. From the earliest forays of peoples in hand-hewn canoes through uncharted waters to the routes now taken daily by supertankers in their thousands, The Boundless Sea shows how maritime networks came to form a continuum of interaction and interconnection across the globe: 90 per cent of global trade is still conducted by sea. This is history of the grandest scale and scope, and from a bracingly different perspective - not, as in most global histories, from the land but from the boundless seas.

©2019 David Abulafia (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble
Category: History, World
Length: 41 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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La grande histoire du monde

46 ratings

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L'histoire du monde de la préhistoire à nos jours expliquée avec le talent d'un conteur qui nous invite à sortir du point de vue strictement européen. Des grands empires de l'Antiquité à la chute de l'URSS, de l'Europe de Charlemagne au Japon du XIXe siècle, de l'Asie des Mongols à l'Afrique de la décolonisation, cet ouvrage nous convie à un voyage extraordinaire au fil des siècles. Procédant par étapes chronologiques, il suit l'évolution des grandes civilisations les unes par rapport aux autres. Il réussit en même temps à nous faire comprendre la façon dont chaque peuple considère son passé. Nous avons tous en tête aujourd'hui l'importance nouvelle de la Chine, de l'Iran, de l'Inde. Nous percevons le rôle essentiel que vont jouer l'Afrique et l'Amérique latine. Nous voyons à quelle vitesse la montée de nouvelles puissances reconfigure le monde. C'est pourquoi il paraît urgent de mieux connaître son histoire. Introduction Prologue : Brève histoire de la préhistoire ; Prologue : Survol de la haute Antiquité ; Première partie : Un monde éclaté Les fondements des trois grandes civilisations : Chapitre 1 : L'Occident, Athènes et Jérusalem ; Chapitre 2 : La Chine, Laozi et Confucius ; Chapitre 3 : L'Inde, Hindouisme et bouddhisme. Quatre empires de l'Antiquité : Chapitre 4 : Un millénaire d'empires perses, des Achéménides aux Sassanides ; Chapitre 5 : L'Empire chinois, du premier empereur à la dynastie Han ; Chapitre 6 : Le premier empire indien et l'âge classique de l'Inde ; Chapitre 7 : L'Empire romain en cinq idées-forces, VIIIe siècle av. J.C-Ve siècle ap. J.C. Le monde au temps d'Haroun al-Rachid : Chapitre 8 : Naissance de l'islam, l'âge d'or arabe, VIIe-XIe siècle ; Chapitre 9 : La Chine des grandes inventions à l'époque de Tang-Song ; Chapitre 10 : Charlemagne et la formation de l'Europe ; Chapitre 11 : Les Vikings ; Chapitre 12 : Un tour du monde de 600 à l'an mil. Le monde au temps des invasions mongoles : Chapitre 13 : Beau et sombre Moyen Âge, XIIe-XIVe siècle ; Chapitre 14 : Le siècle des Mongols ; Chapitre 15 : Les grands empires africains du Moyen Âge ; Chapitre 16 : Un tour du monde au XVe siècle ; Deuxième partie : Un monde reconfiguré Le XVIe siècle : Chapitre 17 : L'Europe décolle ; Chapitre 18 : L'Empire espagnol 1492-1810 ; Chapitre 19 : L'Empire portugais XVIe-XVIIe siècle ; Chapitre 20 : L'Europe au XVIe siècle ; Chapitre 21 : Quatre empires musulmans, XVIe-XVIIe siècle ; Chapitre 22 : Le Japon s'ouvre et se referme, XVIe-début XIXe siècle. Le XVIIe siècle : Chapitre 23 : La guerre de Trente Ans et l'Europe du XVIIe siècle ; Chapitre 24 : La colonisation en Amérique du Nord ; Chapitre 25 : Les traites négrières et le martyre de l'Afrique. Le XVIIIe siècle : Chapitre 26 : La science, les Lumières, le libéralisme ; Chapitre 27 : L'émergence de la Prusse et de la Russie ; Chapitre 28 : La conquête anglaise de l'Inde, XVIIe-XIXe siècle ; Chapitre 29 : L'exploration du Pacifique ; Chapitre 30 : La Chine au XVIIIe siècle ; Chapitre 31 : Le temps des révolutions. Troisième partie : Un monde dominé Le siècle de l'Europe : Chapitre 32 : L'Europe domine le monde, 1815-1914 ; Chapitre 33 : L'Europe au temps des nations, de 1815 au tournant du XIXe siècle ; Chapitre 34 : Les États-Unis en cinq idées-forces ; Chapitre 35 : L'Amérique latine de Bolivar à Zapata ; Chapitre 36 : La Chine humiliée ; Chapitre 37 : Le Japon dans le club des puissances, 1853-1914 ; Chapitre 38 : La ruée vers l'Afrique ; Chapitre 39 : Le déclin de l'Empire ottoman. Le XXe siècle : Chapitre 40 : Une vision mondiale de la Première Guerre ; Chapitre 41 : La reconstitution du monde au sortir de la guerre ; Chapitre 42 : Les débuts de l'URSS et les tentatives d'expansion mondiale du communisme, 1917-1941 ; Chapitre 43 : Le Royaume-Uni, la France, les États-Unis entre les deux guerres ; Chapitre 44 : Les régimes autoritaires et la montée à la guerre, Italie, Allemagne, Japon ; Chapitre 45 : La Seconde Guerre mondiale en quatre temps forts, 1937-1945 ; Chapitre 46 : Le monde en deux blocs, 1947-1991 ; Chapitre 47 : Les moments-clés de la décolonisation ; Chapitre 48 : Le Moyen-Orient depuis 1945 ; Chapitre 49 : La Chine, de Mao à Deng Xiaoping ; Épilogue ; Remerciements.

©2016 Librairie Arthème Fayard (P)2020 Audiolib

Narrator: François Hatt
Category: History, World
Length: 23 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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The Adventures of the Mountain Men

11 ratings

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Experience the true “great outdoors” through the stories of the men who lived it. The “mountain men” were the hunters and trappers who fiercely strode the Rocky Mountains in the early to mid-1800s. They braved the elements in search of the skins of beavers and other wild animals, to sell or barter for goods. The lifestyle of the mountain men could be harsh, existing as they did among animals, and spending most of their days and nights living and camping out in the great unexplored wilds of the Rockies. Life outdoors presented many threats, not least among them Native Americans, who were hostile to the mountain men encroaching on the area for their own purposes. For a certain kind of pioneer, this risk and more were outweighed by the benefits of living free, without the restrictions and boundaries of “civilized” settlements. In The Adventures of the Mountain Men, editor Stephen Brennan has compiled many of the best stories about the mountain men - the most daring exploits, the death-defying chances taken to hunt big game, the clashes with the arrows of Native Americans, and also the moments when the men were struck by the incomparable beauty of the unsullied, majestic Rocky Mountains.

©2013 Stephen Brennan (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Kevin Stillwell
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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The American Story

11 ratings

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In revealing conversations with our greatest historians, co-founder of the Carlyle Group and patriotic philanthropist David M. Rubenstein takes listeners on a sweeping journey across the grand arc of the American story. These lively dialogues present some of the biggest names in American history exploring the subjects they intimately know and understand. You’ll hear live recordings of:  David McCullough on John Adams Ron Chernow on Alexander Hamilton Walter Isaacson on Benjamin Franklin Cokie Roberts on Founding Mothers Doris Kearns Goodwin on Abraham Lincoln A. Scott Berg on Charles Lindbergh Jay Winik on Franklin D. Roosevelt and 1944 Jean Edward Smith on Dwight D. Eisenhower Taylor Branch on Martin Luther King Bob Woodward on Richard Nixon H.W. Brands on Ronald Reagan  And a special conversation with Chief Justice John Roberts  Through his popular program The David Rubenstein Show, David Rubenstein has established himself as one of today’s most thoughtful interviewers. Now, in The American Story, David shares almost a dozen interviews that capture the brilliance of today’s most esteemed historians, as well as the souls of their subjects. The audiobook presents archival recordings of these interviews and features new introductions by Rubenstein as well as a foreword by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead our national library.  Through these captivating exchanges, these best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors offer fresh insight on pivotal moments from the Founding Era to the late 20th century.

©2019 David M. Rubenstein (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Endurance

6 ratings

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The year was 1915. Equipment and food supplies were totally inadequate. After battling its way for six weeks through thousands of miles of pack ice and located only a day's sail from its destination, the Endurance became locked inside an island of ice. Yet Ernest Shackleton enabled all 27 of his men to survive for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas - leadership without equal. This gripping account is based on contemporaneous diaries and interviews conducted by the author with these exceptional men.

©1959 Alfred Lansing (P)2000 by The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

Category: History, World
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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How George Washington Fleeced the Nation

Summary

The hidden quirks and shortcomings of history’s leading figures will change the way you think about history. Our view of the famous is one-dimensional—leading figures from history are summarized in history textbooks with one or two lines: Churchill the war-time genius, Gandhi the poor ascetic—but nobody is perfect and even the famous have their quirks and hidden secrets. How George Washington Fleeced the Nation reveals the often hilarious, sometimes shocking, and always highly informative foibles of the great and the good. Einstein, the most brilliant man who lived, regularly forgot his shoes and never learned to drive. Hitler possibly has a Jewish ancestor. Picasso avoided paying restaurant bills by doodling on their napkins instead. Prepared to be shocked, amused, and outraged at what they didn’t teach you in high school.

©2010 Phil Mason (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: David Heath
Author: Phil Mason
Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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Lost Worlds of South America

23 ratings

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Buried by the centuries on soaring mountain slopes and beneath arid deserts and lush jungles of South America, the remains of extraordinary, majestic civilizations - many unknown until recent decades - are now coming to light and raising tantalizing questions about what else may be awaiting discovery. Take an adventurous trek to these wilds of South America and the great civilizations of the ancients. In 24 eye-opening lectures, you'll take an in-depth look at the emerging finds and archaeological knowledge of more than 12 seminal civilizations, giving you rich insight into the creative vision and monumental achievements of these wellsprings of human life. The ancient South Americans show us striking models of how societies can function and organize themselves. The technologies and social structures seen here were wholly invented, using no preexisting models, as these dynamic peoples struggled to tame their environment and carve out societies and empires. Recently unearthed marvels include elaborately prepared and adorned mummies that predate Egypt's by 2000 years; imposing palaces, solar observatories, and dramatically decorated pyramids; stunning art objects in gold, turquoise, lapis lazuli, and ceramic; and evidence of huge urban civilizations in the Amazon. In their amazing sophistication and scale, the sites reveal some of the most remarkable ancient artifacts found anywhere in the world. The breathtaking valleys, mountains, and deserts you will study in this course reveal wonders that rival anything we know of the ancient world. Travel with us to a lost and splendorous past - a fountainhead of civilization that speaks unforgettably of human striving, vision, and the indomitable will to endure. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

Narrator: Edwin Barnhart
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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A Short History of the World

1 rating

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There is an increasing realization that our knowledge of world history - and how it all fits together - is far from perfect. Here, Christopher Lascelles aims to fill the big gaps in our historical knowledge with a book that is easy to follow and assumes little prior knowledge of past events. He doesn't aim to come up with groundbreaking new theories on why things occurred but rather gives a broad overview of the generally accepted version of events so that nonhistorians will feel less ignorant when discussing the past. While this book explores world history from the big bang to the present day, it principally covers key people, events, and empires since the dawn of the first civilizations in and around 3500 BC. Epic in scope but refreshingly concise, A Short History of the World is an excellent place to start to bring your historical knowledge up to scratch.

©2011 Christopher Lascelles (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: Guy Bethell
Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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How to Be a Tudor

9 ratings

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The Tudor era encompasses some of the greatest changes in our history. But while we know about the historical dramas of the times, what was life really like for a commoner? To answer this question, the renowned 'method historian' Ruth Goodman has slept, washed and cooked as the Tudors did. She is your expert guide to this fascinating era, drawing on years of practical historical study to show how our ancestors coped with everyday life, from how they slept to how they courted. Exploring how the Tudors learnt, danced and even sat and stood according to the latest fashion, she reveals what it all felt, smelt and tasted like, from morning until night.

©2015 Ruth Goodman (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

Author: Ruth Goodman
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
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Black Flags, Blue Waters

4 ratings

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Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy's "Golden Age" - spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s - when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them.  Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Also brilliantly detailed are the pirates' manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop and evangelist Cotton Mather. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Dolin provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.

©2018 Eric Jay Dolin (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Paul Brion
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us

47 ratings

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No understanding of the past is complete without an understanding of the legal battles and struggles that have done so much to shape it. Inside a survey of world history's greatest trials are the key insights to critical issues we still talk about today, including freedom of speech, the death penalty, religious freedom, and the meaning of equality. Join Professor Linder for these 24 lectures that investigate important legal cases from around the world and across the centuries. From the trials of Socrates in ancient Athens and Thomas More in Henry VIII's England to the Nuremburg Trials in the wake of World War II and the media frenzy of the O. J. Simpson murder case, you'll discover what each of these trials has to teach us about ourselves and our civilization. Professor Linder takes you back in time to revisit some of history's most famous trials from fresh perspectives that ground them in the evolution of human ideas of law and justice, including the Salem Witch Trials, and the Scopes "Monkey" Trial. You'll also encounter less familiar (but equally important) legal battles, including medieval trials by ordeal and the Trial of Giordano Bruno, which would impact the later trial of Galileo. For years, Professor Linder has studied the fascinating intersection between history and jurisprudence. Now he's crafted these lectures to share that fascination with you. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 The Teaching Company, LLC; 2017 The Great Courses (P)2017 The Great Courses

Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
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Haitian Revolution: A Captivating Guide to the Abolition of Slavery

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Explore How the Slaves Freed Themselves in the Haitian Revolution The Haitian Revolution was a slave rebellion that began in 1791 in the French colony of Saint-Domingue, now known as Haiti. On this small island, the tyrants were the slave owners, people who not only denied their slaves freedom, but felt justified in killing them. The Haitian Revolution began to change the way slaves were viewed all over the world. Although it took nearly another 100 years to eradicate slavery in the west, the parallels between what the Americans and French had done to the slaves was impossible to ignore. The Haitian Revolution was the first and only time that a slave rebellion resulted in a new state. Some of the topics covered in this audiobook include: The wealth from Saint-Domingue Beginning of the end of the French Colony Planning of one of the most historic revolutions in history The Revolution begins The Revolution spreads Ripples of events in Europe The abolishment of slavery and the British response Toussaint Louverture's rise to power The defeat of Britain and a newfound respect Napoleon's rise and its initial effect on Saint-Domingue The end of the Revolution Lasting effects - beyond the Island Haiti today And more! Listen to this audiobook now to learn more about the Haitian Revolution.

©2017 Captivating History (P)2017 Captivating History

Narrator: Duke Holm
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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A Little History of Science

1 rating

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Science is fantastic. It tells us about the infinite reaches of space, the tiniest living organism, the human body, the history of Earth. People have always been doing science because they have always wanted to make sense of the world and harness its power. From ancient Greek philosophers through Einstein and Watson and Crick to the computer-assisted scientists of today, men and women have wondered, examined, experimented, calculated, and sometimes made discoveries so earthshaking that people understood the world-or themselves-in an entirely new way. This inviting audiobook tells a great adventure story: the history of science. It takes listeners to the stars through the telescope, as the sun replaces the earth at the center of our universe. It delves beneath the surface of the planet, charts the evolution of chemistry's periodic table, introduces the physics that explain electricity, gravity, and the structure of atoms. It recounts the scientific quest that revealed the DNA molecule and opened unimagined new vistas for exploration. Emphasizing surprising and personal stories of scientists both famous and unsung, A Little History of Science traces the march of science through the centuries. The book opens a window on the exciting and unpredictable nature of scientific activity and describes the uproar that may ensue when scientific findings challenge established ideas. With a warm, accessible style, this is a book for young and old to treasure together.

©2012 William Bynum (P)2013 Tantor

Narrator: Jonathan Cowley
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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The Lion in South Africa

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Frederick Courteney Selous (1851-1917) was a British explorer, hunter, and conservationist. Arriving in South Africa when he was 19, he traveled from the Cape of Good Hope to Matabeleland, where he obtained permission from King Lobengula to hunt in the area now called Zimbabwe. Selous explored all the then-unfamiliar regions north of the Transvaal and south of the Congo Basin, recording ethnographic notes, shooting elephants, and collecting specimens of all kinds for museums and private collections. His real-life adventures inspired Sir H. Rider Haggard to create the fictional Allan Quatermain character.  In this work, The Lion in South Africa, he describes his numerous encounters with wild lions and notes that as far back as the 1890s, lion numbers were shrinking from overhunting.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Drew Baker
Author: F.C. Selous
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Dictadura y Guerra Civil en Guatemala: La cruenta lucha por el poder [Dictatorship and Civil War in Guatemala: The Bloody Struggle for Power]

Summary

Entre 1960 y 1996, Guatemala sufrió las consecuencias de una espantosa y larga guerra civil, la cual dejó un profundo impacto en este país americano. El llamado Genocidio Guatemalteco, donde fallecieron más de 200,000 personas, es un claro ejemplo de ello.  Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. 

©2015 Online Studio Productions (P)2015 Online Studio Productions

Narrator: uncredited
Category: History, World
Length: 43 mins
Available on Audible
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Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture

51 ratings

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A knowledge of China's imperial history is vital for any understanding of its present, as modern China is linked in many ways to the extraordinary culture of its empire. These 24 lectures take you to the heart of life during China's imperial era, through the lives of individual subjects of all social ranks. Across the arc of the course, you'll witness what daily life was like for government bureaucrats, for scholars, for women of the court, for soldiers, merchants, craftspeople, courtesans, imperial cooks, and many others - all against the backdrop of the diversity, the genius, and the majesty of imperial China. You'll hear about such memorable sights as the grand boulevards; splendorous palaces; imposing temples of Chang'an, the medieval world's greatest city; and the Qingming Shanghetu, a 17-foot painted scroll that gloriously portrays Song Dynasty life. And you'll meet unforgettable human beings, whose lives vividly reveal the world around them, such as Ban Zhao, Han-era woman of letters, poet, scholar, and teacher; Tao Yuanming, Daoist luminary and the empire's first great poet; Zhu Yuanzhang, powerful warlord and founder of the Ming Dynasty; and Hong Xiuquan, visionary reformer and architect of the religiously inspired Taiping Rebellion. Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture is your passport to this incredible, historic world. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2017 The Great Courses

Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
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The African Experience: From 'Lucy' to Mandela

21 ratings

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The story of Africa is the oldest and most event-filled chronicle of human activity on the planet. And in these 36 lectures, you'll explore this great historical drama, tracing the story of the Sub-Saharan region of the continent from the earliest evidence of human habitation to the latest challenges facing African nations in the 21st century. By learning with these lectures, you'll finally be able to bust myths and correct potential misunderstandings about Africa. For example, in Africa, the word "tribe" is used in a neutral way to connote ethnic identity. Another example: Sub-Saharan Africa was not as isolated as is often suggested by references to the "lost" continent; in fact, an ancient Greek sailing guide from 2,000 years ago clearly shows that the East African coast was already connected commercially with areas to the north. The primary focus of these eye-opening lectures is Sub-Saharan Africa, the region separated from North Africa by the harsh climate of the Sahara Desert and traditionally the part of the continent that has been the most mysterious and most misunderstood by Westerners. But by traveling on this exciting learning experience (one imbued with a pervasive spirit of charm and adventure), you'll finally be able to strengthen your understanding of this beautiful, multifaceted region. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2006 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2006 The Great Courses

Category: History, World
Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
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The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague

89 ratings

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Many of us know the Black Death as a catastrophic event of the medieval world. But the Black Death was arguably the most significant event in Western history, profoundly affecting every aspect of human life, from the economic and social to the political, religious, and cultural. In its wake the plague left a world that was utterly changed, forever altering the traditional structure of European societies and forcing a rethinking of every single system of Western civilization: food production and trade, the church, political institutions, law, art, and more. In large measure, by the profundity of the changes it brought, the Black Death produced the modern world we live in today. While the story of the Black Death is one of destruction and loss, its breathtaking scope and effects make it one of the most compelling and deeply intriguing episodes in human history. Understanding the remarkable unfolding of the plague and its aftermath provides a highly revealing window not only on the medieval world but also on the forces that brought about the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and modernity itself. Speaking to the full magnitude of this world-changing historical moment, The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague, taught by celebrated medievalist Dorsey Armstrong of Purdue University, takes you on an unforgettable excursion into the time period of the plague, its full human repercussions, and its transformative effects on European civilization. In 24 richly absorbing lectures, you'll follow the path of the epidemic in its complete trajectory across medieval Europe. Majestic in scope and remarkable in detail, this course goes to the heart of one of Western history's most catalytic and galvanizing moments, the effects of which gave us the modern world. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2016 The Great Courses

Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
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Peter the Great

9 ratings

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This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas. We see Peter in his 20s traveling "incognito" with his ambassadors to the courts of Europe; as the victorious soldier proclaimed Emperor; as the simple workman at his forge; and as the visionary statesman who single-handedly created a formidable world power. Impetuous and stubborn, bawdy and stern, relentless in his perseverance, he was capable of the greatest generosity and the greatest cruelty.

©1980 Robert K. Massie (P)1991 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Category: History, World
Length: 43 hrs and 38 mins
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635 Tage im Eis

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Am Anfang steht der Plan von der erstmaligen Durchquerung des weißen Kontinents. Doch das gewaltige Naturwunder Antarktis wird im Jahr 1915 für die Crew der "Endurance" zur Hölle aus Eis. Beharrlich verfolgt Expeditionsleiter Sir Ernest Shackleton bald nur noch ein Ziel: 28 Männer lebend wieder in die Zivilisation zurückzubringen. Die faszinierende Geschichte einer Irrfahrt ans Ende der Welt. "Gebt mir Scott als wissenschaftlichen Expeditionsleiter, gebt mir Amundsen für eine störungsfreie und effiziente Polar-Expedition, aber wenn sich das Schicksal gegen euch verschwören zu haben scheint, dann fallt auf die Knie und betet um Shackleton." >> Diese ungekürzte Hörbuch-Fassung genießt du exklusiv nur bei Audible.

©2011 Audible Studios (P)2011 Audible Studios

Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War, Volume 1 - The Gathering Storm

10 ratings

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In the Second World War, every bond between man and man was to perish. Crimes were committed by the Hitler regime that find no equal in scale and wickedness with any that have darkened the human record. It was a simple policy to keep Germany disarmed after the struggle of the First World War and the Victors adequately armed in vigilance. But errors were soon made. The tragedy of America’s failure to enter the League of Nations; the weakness and lack of resolution of the democracies to confront the growing strength, reach, and ambition of the fascist dictators in Germany, Italy, and Japan; the economic turmoil that allowed these events to spark and build. In this first volume it is all too easy to see and understand how this immense tragedy could have been avoided, how the malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous. We shall hear how the counsels of prudence and restraint became the prime agents of mortal danger in this Gathering Storm. The overview is read by Winston S Churchill, MP, and the volume narrated by Michael Jayston.

©2011 Word Of Mouth (P)2011 Copyright Group

Narrator: Michael Jayston
Category: History, World
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
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History of the Barbarians

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the barbarians, then keep listening.... Seven captivating manuscripts in one book:  Celts: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Celtic History and Mythology, Including Their Battles Against the Roman Republic in the Gallic Wars The Vandals: A Captivating Guide to the Barbarians That Conquered the Roman Empire During the Transitional Period from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages The Gallic Wars: A Captivating Guide to the Military Campaigns that Expanded the Roman Republic and Helped Julius Caesar Transform Rome into the Greatest Empire of the Ancient World Sarmatians and Scythians: A Captivating Guide to the Barbarians of Iranian Origins and How These Ancient Tribes Fought Against the Roman Empire, Goths, Huns, and Persians The Goths: A Captivating Guide to the Visigoths and Ostrogoths Who Sacked Rome and Played an Essential Role in the Fall of the Western Roman Empire Attila the Hun: A Captivating Guide to the Ruler of the Huns and His Invasions of the Roman Empire Anglo-Saxons: A Captivating Guide to the People Who Inhabited Great Britain from the Early Middle Ages to the Norman Conquest of England In part one of this book, you will learn:  Who were the Celts? The Celtic migrations The many Celtic tribes of Europe The Celtiberians The Gallic Wars The Insular Celts Celtic warriors Celtic way of life Celtic religion Celtic art And much, much more! In part two of this book, you will learn: Origins of the Vandals From the Danube to Africa Rise of the Vandal Kingdom Downfall of the Vandals Vandal society Religion, culture, and the Vandals And much, much more! In part three of this book, you will learn: Ancient Gaul Gaius Julius Caesar The Helvetii Celts The Helvetian War Ariovistus, the German King Battle of the Sabis The Germanic War United Gaul Versus Caesar of Rome The Battle of Alesia And much, much more! In part four of this book, you will learn: Origins of the Scythians and Sarmatians Art, culture, and religion Economy and society Warfare and conquest End of the Scythians and Sarmatians And much, much more! In part five of this book, you will learn: Who were the Goths? Names, origins, and early settlements History of the Goths: relations with Romans, Gothic kingdoms Ostrogothic and Visigothic rulers The culture of Goths: religion, customs, social hierarchy Everyday life of Goths: jobs and division of labor, housing and architecture, art, written works And much, much more! In part six of this book, you will learn: The origins of Attila and the Huns The wars of the Huns before Attila An alliance between the Huns and the Romans Attila attacks the Byzantines. Attila attacks the Byzantines again. Attila foils a Byzantine plot. Attila’s diplomatic strategy evolves in the west. Attila raids Gaul. Attila raids Italy. The disintegration of Attila’s kingdom And much, much more! In part seven of this book, you will learn: Anglo-Saxons arrive Early Anglo-Saxons: origins and pre-settlement history The culture of Anglo-Saxons: religion, customs, social hierarchy, early Christianity Everyday life of Anglo-Saxon England: jobs and division of labor, food and drink, clothes, architecture, travel, wars, gender and age norms, art, written works And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about history of the Barbarians, scroll up and click the "add to cart" button!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Randy Whitlow
Category: History, World
Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
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50 Self-Help Classics

1 rating

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Discover the books that have already changed the lives of millions. This award-winning, unabridged guide to the "literature of possibility" surveys 50 of the all-time classics, giving you their key ideas, insights, and applications, everything you need to know to start benefiting from these legendary works. From the ancient teachings of Buddha and The Bhagavad-Gita, to the early American wisdom of Emerson and Thoreau, to such contemporary giants as Wayne Dyer, Joseph Campbell, Daniel Goleman, and Norman Vincent Peale, these are the most influential thinkers and motivators spanning the world's religions, cultures, philosophies, and centuries. As you hear more about the landmark works of such blockbuster best-selling authors as Deepak Chopra, Phil McGraw, Anthony Robbins, Marianne Williamson, and more, you will learn how to: Change your thoughts to change your life Set goals and follow your dreams Appreciate your depth Transform yourself and your world

©2006 Tom Butler-Bowdon (P)2006 Gildan Media Corp

Narrator: Jack Garrett
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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The Theory That Would Not Die

3 ratings

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Bayes' rule appears to be a straightforward, one-line theorem: by updating our initial beliefs with objective new information, we get a new and improved belief. To its adherents, it is an elegant statement about learning from experience. To its opponents, it is subjectivity run amok. In the first-ever account of Bayes' rule for general readers and listeners, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores this controversial theorem and the human obsessions surrounding it. She traces its discovery by an amateur mathematician in the 1740s through its development into roughly its modern form by French scientist Pierre Simon Laplace. She reveals why respected statisticians rendered it professionally taboo for 150 years - at the same time that practitioners relied on it to solve crises involving great uncertainty and scanty information, even breaking Germany's Enigma code during World War II, and explains how the advent of off-the-shelf computer technology in the 1980s proved to be a game-changer. Today, Bayes' rule is used everywhere from DNA decoding to Homeland Security. Drawing on primary source material and interviews with statisticians and other scientists, The Theory That Would Not Die is the riveting account of how a seemingly simple theorem ignited one of the greatest controversies of all time.

©2011 Sharon Bertsch McGrayne (P)2012 Tantor

Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
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Hitler's Secret Jewish Psychic

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A treasure trove filled with fascinating anecdotes about the tiny ripples that have caused big waves in history, Hitler's Secret Jewish Psychic will cure you of two misconceptions: the first being that history is relentlessly boring and the second that significant historical events are caused by significant and great causes. Here you'll unearth a multitude of facts you never knew were true. You'll learn some unbelievable things about some of the most prominent figures in history. (Picasso was stillborn until his uncle revived him by blowing cigar smoke in his face!) You'll discover facts about some of the most famous wars in history. (Japan actually manufactured balloons carrying deadly diseases, which they attempted to send over the Pacific Ocean to the United States.) Other strange facts include: The career Fidel Castro almost chose over his leadership of Cuba Where Eli Whitney got the idea for his invention of the cotton gin What almost happened during the Wrights brothers' first successful flight Why certain literary works almost never saw the light of publication What day should have really been designated Independence Day The truth behind Winston Churchill's daring escape from a Boer War prisoner-of-war camp Franklin Roosevelt's campaign cover-up The behind-the-scenes beliefs of Isaac Newton And many more! It is true that many things you hear should be taken with a pinch of salt; nothing proves this so much as Hitler's Secret Jewish Psychic, where you will discover the outrageous secrets history has tried (and failed) to keep.

©2010 Phil Mason (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Author: Phil Mason
Category: History, World
Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
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Rocket Men

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New York Times best seller The riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind's historic first mission to the moon, from the best-selling author of Shadow Divers.  "Robert Kurson tells the tale of Apollo 8 with novelistic detail and immediacy." (Andy Weir, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Martian and Artemis)  By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the moon by President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the moon - in just four months. And it would all happen at Christmas.  In a year of historic violence and discord - the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago - the Apollo 8 mission would be the boldest, riskiest test of America's greatness under pressure. In this gripping insider account, Robert Kurson puts the focus on the three astronauts and their families: the commander, Frank Borman, a conflicted man on his final mission; idealistic Jim Lovell, who'd dreamed since boyhood of riding a rocket to the moon; and Bill Anders, a young nuclear engineer and hotshot fighter pilot making his first space flight.  Drawn from hundreds of hours of one-on-one interviews with the astronauts, their loved ones, NASA personnel, and myriad experts, and filled with vivid and unforgettable detail, Rocket Men is the definitive account of one of America's finest hours. In this real-life thriller, Kurson reveals the epic dangers involved and the singular bravery it took for mankind to leave Earth for the first time - and arrive at a new world.  "Rocket Men is a riveting introduction to the [Apollo 8] flight.... Kurson details the mission in crisp, suspenseful scenes.... [A] gripping book." (The New York Times Book Review)

©2018 Robert Kurson (P)2018 Random House Audio

Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Shaking the Nickel Bush

4 ratings

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Now 19 years old, skinny and suffering from diabetes, Ralph Moody is ordered by his Boston doctor to seek a more healthful climate out West. Remembering his childhood ranching adventures, Ralph is delighted to strike out for new territory and prospects.

©1962 Ralph Moody (P)2001 Books in Motion

Narrator: Cameron Beierle
Author: Ralph Moody
Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
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Breaking the Chains of Gravity

18 ratings

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NASA's history is a familiar story, culminating with the agency successfully landing men on the moon in 1969. But NASA's prehistory is a rarely told tale, one that is largely absent from the popular space-age literature but that gives the context behind the incredible lunar program. America's space agency wasn't created in a vacuum; it was assembled from preexisting parts, drawing together some of the best minds the non-Soviet world had to offer. With a central narrative woven from the stories of key historical figures, Breaking the Chains of Gravity tells the story of NASA's roots in an engaging and accessible way. The book begins with Wernher von Braun, the engineer behind the V-2 rocket, who dreamt of sending rockets into space. He orchestrated a daring escape from the ruins of Nazi Germany and was taken to America, where he began developing missiles for the United States Army. Ten years later his Redstone rocket was the only one capable of launching a payload into orbit. Just what payload von Braun's rockets would launch was under consideration at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. While working out how to get a nuclear warhead through the atmosphere, NACA pioneered a round-bottomed capsule that could also keep men safe when returning from space. Meanwhile, US Air Force pilots rode to the fringes of space in balloons to see how humans handled radiation at high altitude, while NACA test pilots like Neil Armstrong flew cutting-edge aircraft in the thin upper atmosphere. Breaking the Chains of Gravity looks at the evolution of America's nascent space program, its scientific advances, its personalities, and the rivalries it caused between the various arms of the United States military, right up to the launch of Sputnik in 1957. At this point getting a man in space became a national imperative, leading to the creation by Dwight D. Eisenhower of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

©2016 Amy Shira Teitel (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Finding the Elephant

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In California, in a mill race on an undistinguished stream, an astonishing discovery was made. It was gold. Gold said to be so plentiful that it just lay there waiting to be picked up. Nuggets of gold that you could just bend down and put in your pocket. Big nuggets, some weighing six ounces or more. A 6 oz. nugget was worth $120 in 1849. Today? $3000 in today’s dollars! How excited would you be to look down on the ground and pick up $3000? And it could be easily had. All you had to do was get to California and grab a shovel. You didn’t need an education. You didn’t need a family connection. You didn’t need anyone’s permission. You just had to get there and start digging. Every eager and aggressive second son, or stuck in a rut store clerk, dreamed of striking it rich in California and coming back with pockets stuffed with golden nuggets. Easy. It would be so easy. All it would take was a little effort to dig it up. But there was also something else. Land. More land than any single individual could farm. Untold acres of land that had never been touched by a plow and had lain undisturbed for millions of years. There was so much land available that the United States Homestead Act was offering it to all comers for FREE. FREE LAND. All you had to do was stake a claim, register it, and live on it for five years. Then it was yours.  In the 19th century, most of the world farmed. But in America you could farm land that was owned by YOU, not someone else. That meant that your crop was entirely yours, not just a small portion of it. That meant that you were your own boss. In America, there was no limit on what you could accomplish. No class distinction, no rules to follow, no one to tell you what you could do or what you couldn’t do. Freedom. Liberty. A new start. Is it any wonder that people came from around the globe seeking a new life? Come to America. Here was where you had a chance to live your own life on your own terms. Getting here was the first challenge.

©2020 Stuart J Kamille (P)2021 Stuart J Kamille

Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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The History of White People

6 ratings

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A mind-expanding and myth-destroying exploration of notions of white race—not merely a skin color but also a signal of power, prestige, and beauty to be withheld and granted selectively. Ever since the Enlightenment, race theory and its inevitable partner, racism, have followed a crooked road, constructed by dominant peoples to justify their domination of others. Filling a huge gap in historical literature that long focused on the non-white, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter guides us through more than two thousand years of Western civilization, tracing not only the invention of the idea of race but also the frequent worship of “whiteness” for economic, social, scientific, and political ends.

Our story begins in Greek and Roman antiquity, where the concept of race did not exist, only geography and the opportunity to conquer and enslave others. Not until the eighteenth century did an obsession with whiteness flourish, with the German invention of the notion of Caucasian beauty. This theory made northern Europeans into “Saxons,” “Anglo-Saxons,” and “Teutons,” envisioned as uniquely handsome natural rulers. Here was a worldview congenial to northern Europeans bent on empire. There followed an explosion of theories of race, now focusing on racial temperament as well as skin color. Spread by such intellectuals as Madame de Stael and Thomas Carlyle, white race theory soon reached North America with a vengeance.

Its chief spokesman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, did the most to label Anglo-Saxons—icons of beauty and virtue—as the only true Americans. It was an ideal that excluded not only blacks but also all ethnic groups not of Protestant, northern European background. The Irish and Native Americans were out and, later, so were the Chinese, Jews, Italians, Slavs, and Greeks—all deemed racially alien. Did immigrations threaten the very existence of America? Americans were assumed to be white, but who among poor immigrants could become truly American?

A tortured and convoluted series of scientific explorations developed—theories intended to keep Anglo-Saxons at the top: the ever-popular measurement of skulls, the powerful eugenics movement, and highly biased intelligence tests—all designed to keep working people out and down. As Painter reveals, power—supported by economics, science, and politics—continued to drive exclusionary notions of whiteness until, deep into the twentieth century, political realities enlarged the category of truly American.

A story filled with towering historical figures, The History of White People forcefully reminds us that the concept of one white race is a recent invention. The meaning, importance, and realty of this all-too-human thesis of race have buckled under the weight of a long and rich unfolding of events.

©2010 Nell Irvin Painter (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Allyson Johnson
Category: History, World
Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Remarkable Creatures

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Just 150 years ago, most of our world was an unexplored wilderness. Our sense of its age was vastly off the mark. And what we believed to be the history of our own species consisted of fantastic myths and fairy tales; fossils, known for millennia, were seen as the bones of dragons and other imagined creatures. How did we learn so much so quickly?

Remarkable Creatures celebrates the pioneers who replaced our fancies with the even more remarkable real story of how our world evolved. Inspired by Humboldt, the first group we meet - Darwin, Wallace, and Bates - returned from their explorations with the makings of the theory of evolution. The second group undertook expeditions that produced some of the most spectacular finds in paleontology: Eugene Dubois uncovered Java Man, the first claimed missing link between apes and humans; Charles Walcott located pre-Cambrian life in the Grand Canyon and Cambrian life in the Burgess Shale; and Roy Chapman Andrews unearthed dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert of Mongolia. The discovery of the kinship of dinosaurs and birds and the emergence of the "fishapod" formed more links in the evolutionary chain, as did the work of Louis and Mary Leakey, who for five decades searched for our deepest past in East Africa.

The final section of the book moves into the laboratory and the future, following the trailblazers who discovered a time clock in our DNA and extracted ancient DNA from extinct species.

Join Carroll and his cast of naturalists for a rousing voyage through the most dramatic adventures and important discoveries in two centuries of natural history.

©2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Jim Bond
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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Secret Treasure of Oak Island

12 ratings

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It started on a summer afternoon in 1795 when a young man named Daniel McGinnis found what appeared to be an old site on an island off the Acadian coast, a coastline fabled for the skullduggery of pirates. The notorious Captain Kidd was rumored to have left part of his treasure somewhere along here, and as McGinnis and two friends started to dig, they found what turned out to be an elaborately engineered shaft constructed of oak logs, nonindigenous coconut mats, and landfill that came to be known as the Money Pit. Ever since that summer day in 1795, the possibility of what might be hidden in the depths of a small island off the south coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, has made it the site of the world's longest, most expensive, and most perplexing treasure hunt. Author D'Arcy O'Connor recounts the fascinating stories and amazing discoveries of past and current treasure seekers who have sought Oak Island's fabled treasure for over 200 years. It has baffled scientists and madmen, scholars and idiots, millionaires and get-rich-quick schemers, psychics, engineers, charlatans, and even a former president of the United States. The island has consumed the fortunes - and in some cases, the lives - of those who have obsessively set out to unlock its secret. Despite all their efforts, the mystery remains unsolved, and not a single dime of treasure has ever been recovered. The present-day search is an archaeological dig exceeding anything ever done anywhere for similar purposes, and it may well result in the discovery of one of the world's richest and most historically significant treasures. But this is also the story of individuals who have dedicated years of their lives to discover what was buried long ago beneath this strange island. They are driven by a lust for gold, by archaeological curiosity, and by their determination to outwit the engineer who was responsible for the Oak Island enigma.

©2018 D'Arcy O'Connor (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Paul Heitsch
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History

10 ratings

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History is made and defined by landmark events - moments that irrevocably changed the course of human civilization. They have given us spiritual and political ideas; catastrophic battles and wars; scientific and technological advances; world leaders both influential and monstrous; and cultural works of unparalleled beauty. Now a series of 36 captivating lectures explores some of the most important and definitive events in the history of the world - events after which our world would never be the same. Taught by a remarkably gifted teacher with more than 25 teaching awards to his credit, these lectures form an intriguing and engaging tour of thousands of years of human history, from the creation of the Code of Hammurabi to the Battle of Lexington to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and beyond. It's a chance for you to gain new insights about world history from a truly riveting historian. Using his expert knowledge and impressive ability to draw out invaluable lessons from the past, Professor Fears has chosen the events he discusses based on three criteria: how the event in itself fundamentally changed history, how the aftermath of the event changed history, and how the event and its impact still resonate with us today. The result is a comprehensive and authoritative selection of subjects, each of which played a crucial role in transforming human civilization. Whether the event is an obvious or not-so-obvious choice, Professor Fears takes great care to tie each to the 21st century, pointing out just how influential these and other moments were in shaping who we are and how we live. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2010 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2010 The Great Courses

Narrator: J. Rufus Fears
Category: History, World
Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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In the Heart of the Sea

10 ratings

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National Book Award, Nonfiction, 2000 The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819 the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific, the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, and disease and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents, including a long-lost account written by the ship's cabin boy, and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. An intense and mesmerizing read, In the Heart of the Sea is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.

©2000 Nathaniel Philbrick (P)2000 Penguin Audiobooks

Narrator: Scott Brick
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Turning Points in Middle Eastern History

16 ratings

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The Middle East is a critically important area of our world. And, with its current prominence in international affairs, media images of the Middle East reach us on a daily basis. Much media coverage, however, is incomplete at best, failing to take account of either the complexities or the historical background of this pivotal region. For most of us, the real story of the Middle East remains untold. What made this crucial geopolitical area what it is today? In coming to terms with the present and future of the Middle East, an understanding of its history is not only highly valuable but essential. Now, the 36 lectures of Turning Points in Middle Eastern History unfurl a breathtaking panorama of history, exploring a 1,300-year window from the rise of the warrior prophet Muhammad to the fall of the Ottoman Empire after World War I. Each lecture focuses on a specific moment that changed the direction of events or the narrative of history. You'll witness the Battle of Karbala, where Muhammad's heirs - the Sunni and Shia - split once and for all. You'll discover the wonders of the Islamic Golden Age and marvel at the superlative advances in astronomy, mathematics, medicine, and literature - and the preservation of classical Greek and Roman wisdom - that unfolded in global centers of learning such as Baghdad, Cairo, and Cordoba. You'll follow the empire building of the Persian Safavids, the Egyptian Mamluks, and the Ottomans, among others. The breakup of the Ottoman Empire yielded most of the modern states of the Middle East. The far-reaching impacts of its rise and fall, plus the long-lasting influence of the 18th-century Saud-Wahhab Pact between a desert ruler and a religious reformer, creating today's Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are two more expressions of how the past suffuses the present. The stories you'll discover here are as dazzling as anything in the Arabian Nights and are all the more astonishing for being true. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 The Great Courses (P)2016 The Teaching Company, LLC

Narrator: Eamonn Gearon
Category: History, World
Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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The Search for Life on Mars

Summary

From The War of the Worlds to The Martian and to the amazing photographs sent back by the robotic rovers, Curiosity and Opportunity, Mars has excited our imaginations as the most likely other habitat for life in the solar system. Now the red planet is coming under scrutiny as never before. As new missions are scheduled to launch this year from the United States and China, and with the European Space Agency's ExoMars mission now scheduled for 2022, this book recounts in full the greatest scientific detective story ever. For the first time in 40 years, the missions heading to Mars will look for signs of ancient life on the world next door. It is the latest chapter in an age-old quest that encompasses myth, false starts, red herrings, and bizarre coincidences - as well as triumphs and heartbreaking failures. This book, by two journalists with deep experience covering space exploration, is the definitive story of how life's discovery has eluded us to date, and how it will be found somewhere and sometime this century. The Search for Life on Mars is based on more than 100 interviews with experts at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and elsewhere, who share their insights and stories. While it looks back to the early Mars missions such as Viking 1 and Viking 2, the book's focus is on the experiments and revelations from the most recent ones - including Curiosity, which continues to explore potentially habitable sites where water was once present, and the Mars InSight lander, which has recorded more than 450 marsquakes since its deployment in late 2018 - as well as on the Perseverance and ExoMars rover missions ahead. And the book looks forward to the newest, most exciting frontier of all: the day, not too far away, when humans will land, make the red planet their home, and look for life directly.

©2020 Arcade (P)2020 Novel Audio

Narrator: Miles Meili
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
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Two Years Before the Mast

2 ratings

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Richard Henry Dana called this book a "a voice from the sea". It had an influence on both Joseph Conrad and Herman Melville, both of whom sang its praises. Dana was a law student at Harvard College who decided, in 1834, to take a break from his studies in order to experience the "real world" by signing on as a common sailor for a two year voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California. He kept a journal which he turned into a book after the voyage. In it he gives a vivid and detailed account of his fantastic voyage. The book is many things: a history, travelogue, a social documentary and an adventure story. W. Clark Russell, one of the best writers of sea-stories in English, called it "the greatest sea-book that was ever written in any language", and Ralph Waldo Emerson said, it "possesses...the romantic charm of Robinson Crusoe".

Public Domain (P)1988 Jimcin Recordings

Narrator: Jim Killavey
Category: History, World
Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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Conquistador

26 ratings

Summary

It was a moment unique in human history: the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. In 1519 Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico, determined not only to expand the Spanish empire but to convert the natives to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable and tragic aspects of this unforgettable story. In Tenochtitlán, Cortés met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, and commander of the most powerful military in the Americas. Yet in less than two years, Cortés defeated the entire Aztec nation in one of the most astounding battles ever waged. The story of a lost kingdom, a relentless conqueror, and a doomed warrior, Conquistador is history at its most riveting.

©2008 Buddy Levy (P)2008 Tantor

Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
Author: Buddy Levy
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Spanish Flu 1918: The Great Inlfuenza

1 rating

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The Spanish Flu was one of the deadliest viral outbreaks in history. It erupted just as World War I was coming to an end in 1918. The virus wreaked havoc across the entire world and ravaged as many 50 million lives by conservative estimates. While we do not know about the true epicenter of the fatal disease, it spread globally with soldiers as carriers. This is the gut-wrenching story of tragedy on a colossal scale but also of hope and brotherhood in a time of crisis. While the sad event is etched on the hearts of those who suffered from it, those who lived to tell about it also shared the lessons learned. What you’ll read is the first-hand account of abysmal horror that the situation unleashed and the state of chaos that ensued for years. How entire global healthcare systems were mobilized and dedicated to fighting the ugly beast. Here’s a preview of this special audiobook, and what else you’ll discover: Rise of the Spanish Flu as the silent killer and how it was detected The trail of how it spread country-by-country to decimate hoards of people How utter confusion and affliction became commonplace The courageous stance of front-line workers in the fight How the best minds proposed solutions to curtail further spread  What actions were taken globally in search for a cure How every country came together and joined hands to fight the virus The hard truths and lessons that were learned as a result And more! Many of the lessons that had been learned in the wake of the devastation were applied in the current pandemic spread. We need to also be prepared should a similar situation arise, again, in the future. This audiobook is a true eye-opener and will help you look incredibly closely at the Spanish Flu and how the ugly monster was brought to rest and the great human cost that we endured. So, buy this audiobook today.

©2020 Barry Larson (P)2020 Barry Larson

Author: Barry Larson
Category: History, World
Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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Prince Charles

2 ratings

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From the New York Times best-selling author of Elizabeth the Queen comes the first major biography of Prince Charles in more than 20 years - perfect for fans of The Crown. Sally Bedell Smith returns once again to the British royal family to give us a new look at Prince Charles, the oldest heir to the throne in more than 300 years. This vivid, eye-opening biography - the product of four years of research and hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more, some speaking on the record for the first time - is the first authoritative treatment of Charles' life that sheds light on the death of Diana, his marriage to Camilla, and his preparations to take the throne one day. Prince Charles brings to life the real man, with all of his ambitions, insecurities, and convictions. It begins with his lonely childhood, in which he struggled to live up to his father's expectations and sought companionship from the Queen Mother and his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten. It follows him through difficult years at school, his early love affairs, his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his intense search for spiritual meaning. It tells of the tragedy of his marriage to Diana; his eventual reunion with his true love, Camilla; and his relationships with William, Kate, Harry, and his grandchildren. Ranging from his glamorous palaces to his country homes, from his globe-trotting travels to his local initiatives, Smith shows how Prince Charles possesses a fiercely independent spirit and yet has spent more than six decades waiting for his destined role, living a life dictated by protocols he often struggles to obey. With keen insight and the discovery of unexpected new details, Smith lays bare the contradictions of a man who is more complicated, tragic, and compelling than we knew - until now. With a preface read by the author.

©2017 Sally Bedell Smith (P)2017 Random House Audio

Category: History, World
Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Down the Great Unknown

1 rating

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Drawing on rarely examined diaries and journals, Down the Great Unknown is the first book to tell the full, dramatic story of the Powell expedition. On May 24, 1869 a one-armed Civil War veteran, John Wesley Powell, and a ragtag band of nine mountain men embarked on the last great quest in the American West. The Grand Canyon, not explored before, was as mysterious as Atlantis - and as perilous. The 10 men set out from Green River Station, Wyoming Territory, down the Colorado in four wooden rowboats. Ninety-nine days later, six half-starved wretches came ashore near Callville, Arizona. Lewis and Clark opened the West in 1803; six decades later Powell and his scruffy band aimed to resolve the West’s last mystery. A brilliant narrative, a thrilling journey, a cast of memorable heroes - all these mark Down the Great Unknown, the true story of the last epic adventure on American soil.

©2009 Edward Dolnick (P)2019 HarperAudio

Narrator: Danny Campbell
Category: History, World
Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Speeches by Malcolm X - The Ultimate Collection

1 rating

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"Any kind of movement for freedom of Black people based solely within the confines of America is absolutely doomed to fail." Speeches and interviews of Malcolm X.

©2020 Black History (P)2020 Black History

Narrator: Malcolm X
Author: Malcolm X
Category: History, World
Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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The Best Land Under Heaven

4 ratings

Summary

Cutting through 160 years of mythmaking, best-selling historian Michael Wallis presents the ultimate cautionary tale of America's westward expansion. "Westward ho! For Oregon and California!" In the eerily warm spring of 1846, George Donner placed this advertisement in a local newspaper as he and a restless caravan prepared for what they hoped would be the most rewarding journey of a lifetime. But in eagerly pursuing what would a century later become known as the "American dream", this optimistic yet motley crew of emigrants was met with a chilling nightmare; in the following months, their jingoistic excitement would be replaced by desperate cries for help that would fall silent in the deadly snow-covered mountains of the Sierra Nevada. We know these early pioneers as the Donner Party, a name that has elicited horror since the late 1840s. Now, celebrated historian Michael Wallis - beloved for his myth-busting portraits of legendary American figures - continues his life's work of parsing fact from fiction to tell the true story of one of the most embroidered sagas in Western history. Wallis begins the story in 1846, a momentous "year of decision" for the nation, when incredible territorial strides were being made in Texas, New Mexico, and California. Against this dramatic backdrop, an unlikely band of travelers appeared, stratified in age, wealth, education, and ethnicity. At the forefront were the Donners: brothers George and Jacob, true sons of the soil determined to tame the wild land of California; and the Reeds, headed by adventurous, business-savvy patriarch James. In total the Donner-Reed group would reach 87 men, women, and children, and though personal motives varied - bachelors thirsting for adventure, parents wanting greater futures for their children - everyone was linked by the same unwavering belief that California was theirs for the taking. Skeptical of previous accounts of how the group ended up in peril, Wallis has spent years retracing its ill-fated journey, uncovering hundreds of new documents that illuminate how a combination of greed, backbiting, and recklessness led the group to become hopelessly snowbound at the infamous Donner Pass in present-day California. Climaxing with the grim stories of how the party's paltry rations soon gave way to unimaginable hunger, Wallis not only details the cannibalism that has in perpetuity haunted their legacy but also the heroic rescue parties that managed to reach the stranded, only to discover that just 48 had survived the ordeal. An unflinching and historically invaluable account of the darkest side of Manifest Destiny, The Best Land Under Heaven offers a brilliant, revisionist examination of one of America's most calamitous and sensationalized catastrophes.

©2017 Michael Wallis (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Michael Wallis
Category: History, World
Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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The Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrections in Southampton, VA

Summary

The late insurrection in Southampton has greatly excited the public mind, and led to a thousand idle, exaggerated, and mischievous reports. It is the first instance in our history of an open rebellion of the slaves, and attended with such atrocious circumstances of cruelty and destruction, as could not fail to leave a deep impression, not only upon the minds of the community where this fearful tragedy was wrought but throughout every portion of our country, in which this population is to be found.  Public curiosity has been on the stretch to understand the origin and progress of this dreadful conspiracy, and the motives which influences its diabolical actors. The insurgent slaves had all been destroyed, or apprehended, tried, and executed (with the exception of the leader), without revealing any thing at all satisfactory, as to the motives which governed them, or the means by which they expected to accomplish their object.  Everything connected with this sad affair was wrapped in mystery, until Nat Turner, the leader of this ferocious band, whose name has resounded throughout our widely extended empire, was captured. This "great bandit" was taken by a single individual, in a cave near the residence of his late owner, on Sunday, the 13th of October, without attempting to make the slightest resistance, and on the following day safely lodged in the jail of the county.  His captor was Benjamin Phipps, armed with a shot gun well charged. Nat's only weapon was a small light sword which he immediately surrendered, and begged that his life might be spared. Since his confinement, by permission of the jailor, I have had ready access to him, and finding that he was willing to make a full and free confession of the origin, progress, and consummation of the insurrectionary movements of the slaves of which he was the contriver and head.

Public Domain (P)2021 Rolled Scroll Publishing

Narrator: Leighton Harris
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Blacklisted by History

Summary

Accused of creating a bogus Red scare and smearing countless innocent victims in a five-year reign of terror, Senator Joseph McCarthy is universally remembered as a demagogue, a bully, and a liar. History has judged him such a loathsome figure that even today, a half-century after his death, his name remains synonymous with witch hunts. But that conventional image is all wrong, as veteran journalist and author M. Stanton Evans reveals in this groundbreaking book. The long-awaited Blacklisted by History, based on six years of intensive research, dismantles the myths surrounding Joe McCarthy and his campaign to unmask Communists, Soviet agents, and flagrant loyalty risks working within the U.S. government. Evans’ revelations completely overturn our understanding of McCarthy, McCarthyism, and the Cold War. Drawing on primary sources, Evans presents irrefutable evidence of a relentless Communist drive to penetrate our government, influence its policies, and steal its secrets. Most shocking of all, he shows that U.S. officials supposedly guarding against this danger not only let it happen but actively covered up the penetration. All of this was precisely as Joe McCarthy contended. Evans shows that practically everything we’ve been told about McCarthy is false, including conventional treatment of the famous 1950 speech at Wheeling, West Virginia, that launched the McCarthy era, the Senate hearings that casually dismissed his charges, and much more. In the end, Senator McCarthy was censured by his colleagues and condemned by the press and historians. Blacklisted by History provides the first accurate account of what McCarthy did and, more broadly, what happened to America during the Cold War. It is a revealing exposé of the forces that distorted our national policy in that conflict and our understanding of its history since.

©2007 M. Stanton Evans (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Tom Weiner
Category: History, World
Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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The French Revolution - In a Nutshell

1 rating

Summary

The fifth in the new Naxos audioooks series "In a Nutshell", The French Revolution is a short and accessible introduction to one of the most important periods in European history. It brings vividly to life the implacable Robespierre, the frightened Marie Antoinette and the iconic image of the guillotine. But it also demonstrates the key role the Revolution played in the development of European politics.

©2009 Naxos Audiobooks (P)2009 Naxos Audiobooks

Narrator: Roy McMillan
Author: Neil Wenborn
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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The Olmecs

Summary

Many ancient civilizations are described as mysterious, but none provide as many puzzles and unanswered questions as the Olmecs. These people arrived in lands near the Gulf of Mexico around 1500 BCE and brought with them entirely new concepts in terms of engineering, agriculture, and religion. The problem is we have no idea where they came from or how they developed these new ideas. Then, around 400 BCE, the Olmecs vanished as suddenly and inexplicably as they appeared, leaving behind no written records but providing a legacy of beliefs and ideas which permeated virtually every Mesoamerican culture that followed.  In this audiobook you will hear about: Origins The Olmec enigma The fall of San Lorenzo Were-jaguars and feathered serpents The rise of La Venta The disappearance of the Olmecs And much more! Respected scholars take very different views on the Olmec civilization. Some feel that the Olmecs must have come to Central America from somewhere else entirely, while others are adamant that they are indigenous people. Some historians believe that the Olmecs were simply one of several cultures that emerged at around the same time, while others are vehement that this is the mother culture from which all subsequent Mesoamerican cultures descended. Less than 100 years ago, there wasn’t even agreement on whether these people had existed at all. There are very few cultures as important as the Olmecs about which we know so little. This book attempts to convey the story of the mysterious Olmecs and their unique and fascinating artifacts.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Ancient Civilizations of North America

52 ratings

Summary

For the past few hundred years, most of what we’ve been taught about the native cultures of North America came from reports authored by the conquerors and colonizers who destroyed them. Now - with the technological advances of modern archaeology and a new perspective on world history - we are finally able to piece together their compelling true stories. In Ancient Civilizations of North America, Professor Edwin Barnhart, Director of the Maya Exploration Center, will open your eyes to a fascinating world you never knew existed - even though you’ve been living right next to it, or even on top of it, for as long as you’ve been on the continent.  The peoples of ancient North America were exceptionally knowledgeable about their environment, but their intellectual and artistic curiosity went much beyond the immediate need for food and safety. Beginning thousands of years ago, and without benefit of written language, native peoples became mathematicians, construction and soil engineers, astronomers, urban planners, and more. They developed thriving cities, extensive trade routes, canals to bring water to the desert, and earthworks we still marvel over today.  In 24 exciting lectures, you’ll learn about the vibrant cities of Poverty Point, the first city in North America, built about 3,500 years ago, and Cahokia, the largest city of ancient North America. You’ll explore the many ways in which the Chacoan environment provided cultural and religious focus for peoples of the southwest. And you’ll learn about the Iroquoian source of some of our most basic “American” values.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 The Great Courses (P)2018 The Teaching Company, LLC

Narrator: Edwin Barnhart
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes

29 ratings

Summary

The word "barbarian" quickly conjures images of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan. Yet few people realize these men belong to a succession of nomadic warriors who emerged from the Eurasian steppes to conquer civilizations. It's a part of ancient and medieval history that's often overlooked, but for an accurate view of how the world evolved, it's essential. Covering some 6,000 miles and 6,000 years, this eye-opening course illuminates how a series of groups - from the Sacae and Sarmatians to the infamous Huns and Mongols - pushed ever westward, coming into contact with the Roman Empire, Han China, and distant cultures from Iraq to India. Along the way, you'll learn how these nomads caused a domino effect of displacement and cultural exchange; meet fascinating figures such as Tamerlane, the "Prince of Destruction"; witness struggles to control the legendary Silk Road; trace the spread of Buddhism and Islam, and more. By looking past the barbarian stereotype, you'll understand who these people were, the significance of their innovations - which include stirrups, saddles, and gunpowder - and the magnitude of their impact. Of course, these warriors did wage campaigns of terror, and you'll hear many accounts of violence as well. Led by an award-winning professor, these 36 lectures provide new insights on how the world was shaped and introduce you to cultures and empires you've likely never encountered. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 The Great Courses (P)2014 The Teaching Company, LLC

Narrator: Kenneth W. Harl
Category: History, World
Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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The Story of Western Science

4 ratings

Summary

A riveting road map to the development of modern scientific thought. Far too often, public discussion of science is carried out by journalists, voters, and politicians who have received their science secondhand. The Story of Western Science shows us the joy and importance of reading groundbreaking science writing for ourselves and guides us back to the masterpieces that have changed the way we think about our world, our cosmos, and ourselves. Able to be referenced individually or listened to together as the narrative of Western scientific development, the book's 28 succinct chapters lead listeners from the first science texts by Hippocrates, Plato, and Aristotle through 20th-century classics in biology, physics, and cosmology. The Story of Western Science illuminates everything from mankind's earliest inquiries to the butterfly effect, from the birth of the scientific method to the rise of earth science and the flowering of modern biology. Each chapter recommends one or more classic books and provides entertaining accounts of crucial contributions to science, vivid sketches of the scientist-writers, and clear explanations of the mechanics underlying each concept. The Story of Western Science reveals science to be a dramatic undertaking practiced by some of history's most memorable characters. It reminds us that scientific inquiry is a human pursuit - an essential, often deeply personal, sometimes flawed, frequently brilliant way of understanding the world. In the tradition of her perennial best seller The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer delivers an accessible, entertaining, and illuminating springboard into the scientific education you never had.

©2015 Susan Wise Bauer (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Julian Elfer
Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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The Boundless Sea

Summary

From the author of the acclaimed The Great Sea, David Abulafia's new book guides listeners along the world's greatest bodies of water to reveal their primary role in human history. The main protagonists are the three major oceans - the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Indian - which together comprise the majority of the earth's water and cover over half of its surface. These waterways carried goods, plants, livestock, and, of course people - free and enslaved - across vast expanses, transforming and ultimately linking irrevocably the economies and cultures of Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Far more than merely another history of exploration, The Boundless Sea tells how maritime networks gradually formed a continuum of interaction and interconnection. Working chronologically, Abulafia moves from the earliest forays of peoples taking hand-hewn canoes into uncharted waters, to the routes taken daily by supertankers in the thousands. History on the grandest scale and scope, crafted with passion and precision, this is a project few could have undertaken. Abulafia, whom The Atlantic calls "superb writer with a gift for lucid compression and an eye for the telling detail", proves again why he ranks as one of the world's greatest storytellers.

©2019 David Abulafia (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: Nigel Patterson
Category: History, World
Length: 41 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Morals and Dogma

1 rating

Summary

This is Albert Pikes' volume of lectures on the esoteric roots of Freemasonry, specifically the 32-degree Scottish Rite. Until 1964, this book was given to every Mason completing the 14th degree in the Southern jurisdiction of the US Scottish Rite Freemasons.

Public Domain (P)2020 Sekta

Narrator: Adam Hanin
Author: Albert Pike
Category: History, World
Length: 38 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Les Routes de la Soie

5 ratings

Summary

D'Alexandre le Grand aux nouvelles Routes de la Soie, 2 500 ans d'histoire comme vous ne l'avez jamais lue. Avec son "histoire du cœur du monde", Peter Frankopan renverse notre récit traditionnel, qui gravite autour de la Grèce antique, de Rome et de l'irrésistible ascension de l'Occident. Une approche réductrice, qui mérite une relecture urgente et approfondie. L'auteur élargit la perspective et tourne son regard vers "une région située à mi-chemin entre Orient et Occident, qui va des rives orientales de la Méditerranée jusqu'à la mer Noire et à l'Himalaya". C'est là qu'il place le curseur de sa lecture de l'histoire. Salué par la presse internationale comme le "plus important livre d'histoire publié depuis des décennies", Les Routes de la Soie est un voyage grisant à travers les siècles, de l'Europe à la Chine, décentrant avec audace le regard pour éclairer d'une lumière nouvelle notre compréhension du monde. Palmarès des 25 livres de l'année 2018 du Point. Lorsque vous achetez ce titre, le fichier PDF qui l'accompagne sera disponible dans votre confirmation d'achat envoyée par mail ainsi que dans votre bibliothèque, depuis votre ordinateur.

©2015 / 2017 Peter Frankopan, Bloomsbury, Londres / Guillaume Villeneuve pour la traduction francaise. Éditions Nevicata (P)2019 Audiolib

Narrator: Patrick Donnay
Category: History, World
Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Why Don't We Learn from History

Summary

Much has been written on the theory of history by philosophers and historiologists, but nothing so concise and understandable as Liddell Hart’s Why Don’t We Learn from History, the kind of title that makes one wonder and consider. And consider we certainly should in an era when so much bad history and propaganda is being put before us from unknown sources by unknown authors.

©2020 B. H. Liddell Hart (P)2020 B. H. Liddell Hart

Narrator: Will Staff
Category: History, World
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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The Silk Roads

Summary

“This is history on a grand scale, with a sweep and ambition that is rare... A proper historical epic of dazzling range and achievement.” (William Dalrymple, The Guardian) The epic history of the crossroads of the world - the meeting place of East and West and the birthplace of civilization It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures, and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the 20th century - this book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East.  Peter Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward. He vividly re-creates the emergence of the first cities in Mesopotamia and the birth of empires in Persia, Rome, and Constantinople, as well as the depredations by the Mongols, the transmission of the Black Death, and the violent struggles over Western imperialism. Throughout the millennia, it was the appetite for foreign goods that brought East and West together, driving economies and the growth of nations.  From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first understand their astounding pasts. Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next.

©2016 Peter Frankopan (P)2021 Random House Audio

Category: History, World
Length: 24 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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The Age of Revolution

5 ratings

Summary

Eric Hobsbawm traces with brilliant anlytical clarity the transformation brought about in every sphere of European life by the Dual revolution - the 1789 French revolution and the Industrial Revolution that originated in Britain. This enthralling and original account highlights the significant 60 years when industrial capitalism established itself in Western Europe and when Europe established the domination over the rest of the world it was to hold for half a century.

©1962 Eric Hobsbawm (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Narrator: Hugh Kermode
Category: History, World
Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Pirate Hunters

38 ratings

Summary

A thrilling new adventure of danger and deep-sea diving, historic mystery and suspense, by the author of the New York Times best seller Shadow Divers. Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men - John Chatterton and John Mattera - are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. While he was at large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the 17th century, Bannister's exploits would have been more notorious than Blackbeard's, more daring than Kidd's, but his story and his ship have been lost to time. If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history - it will be just the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified. Soon, however, they realize that cutting-edge technology and a willingness to lose everything aren't enough to track down Bannister's ship. They must travel the globe in search of historic documents and accounts of the great pirate's exploits, face down dangerous rivals, and battle the tides of nations and governments and experts. But it's only when they learn to think and act like pirates - like Bannister - that they become able to go where no pirate hunters have gone before. Fast paced and filled with suspense, fascinating characters, history, and adventure, Pirate Hunters is an unpauseable story that goes deep to discover truths and souls long believed lost.

©2015 Robert Kurson (P)2015 Random House Audio

Narrator: Ray Porter
Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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The Americas

2 ratings

Summary

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto is a world-renowned scholar, professor of history and geography at Queen Mary, University of London, and a member of the Faculty of Modern History of Oxford University. The Americas, part of the acclaimed Modern Library Chronicles series, offers an intriguing history of the world's western hemisphere.

©2003 Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Paul Hecht
Category: History, World
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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The Broken Spears

5 ratings

Summary

For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told in the words of the Spanish victors. Miguel León-Portilla has long been at the forefront of expanding that history to include the voices of indigenous peoples. In this new and updated edition of his classic The Broken Spears, León-Portilla has included accounts from native Aztec descendants across the centuries. These texts bear witness to the extraordinary vitality of an oral tradition that preserves the viewpoints of the vanquished instead of the victors. León-Portilla's new postscript reflects upon the critical importance of these unexpected historical accounts.

©1990 Beacon Press, Expanded and Updated Edition 1992 by Miguel Leon-Portilla (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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A Renegade History of the United States

7 ratings

Summary

Historian Howard Zinn demonstrated that there are compelling, alternative histories that are both scholarly and valuable. Now, Thaddeus Russell provides a challenging new way of reading history that will turn convention on its head and is sure to elicit as much controversy as it does support. Russell shows that drunkards, laggards, prostitutes, and pirates were the real heroes of the American Revolution. Slaves worked less and had more fun than free men. Prostitutes, not feminists, won women's liberation. White people lost their rhythm when they became good Americans. Without organized crime, we might not have Hollywood, Las Vegas, labor unions, legal alcohol, birth control, or gay rights. Zoot-suiters and rock-and-rollers, not Ronald Reagan or the peace movement, brought down the Soviet Union. And Britney Spears will win the war on terror. It was not the elitists who created real revolution in America nor the political radicals whom Zinn credits, but the people on the fringes of society who laid the foundation for change and were responsible for many of the freedoms we cherish today. American history was driven by clashes between those interested in preserving social order and those more interested in pursuing their own desires---the "respectable" versus the "degenerate", the moral versus the immoral, "good citizens" versus the "bad". The more that "bad" people existed, resisted, and won, the greater was our common good. In A Renegade History of the United States, Russell introduces us to the origins of our nation's identity as we have never known them before.

©2010 Thaddeus Russel (P)2010 Tantor

Narrator: Paul Boehmer
Category: History, World
Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Vermeer's Hat

5 ratings

Summary

A Vermeer painting shows a military officer in a Dutch sitting room, talking to a laughing girl. In another canvas, fruit spills from a blue-and-white porcelain bowl. Familiar images that captivate us with their beauty--but as Timothy Brook shows us, these intimate pictures actually give us a remarkable view of an expanding world. The officer's dashing hat is made of beaver fur from North America, and it was beaver pelts from America that financed the voyages of explorers seeking routes to China-prized for the porcelains so often shown in Dutch paintings of this time, including Vermeer's. In this dazzling history, Timothy Brook uses Vermeer's works, and other contemporary images from Europe, Asia, and the Americas to trace the rapidly growing web of global trade, and the explosive, transforming, and sometimes destructive changes it wrought in the age when globalization really began.

©2008 Timothy Brook (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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A Great and Noble Scheme

4 ratings

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In 1755, New England troops embarked on a "great and noble scheme" to expel 18,000 French-speaking Acadians ("the neutral French") from Nova Scotia, killing thousands, separating innumerable families, and driving many into forests where they waged a desperate guerrilla resistance. The right of neutrality - to live in peace from the imperial wars waged between France and England - had been one of the founding values of Acadia. Its settlers traded and intermarried freely with native Mikmaq Indians and English Protestants alike. But the Acadians' refusal to swear unconditional allegiance to the British Crown in the mid-18th century gave New Englanders, who had long coveted Nova Scotia's fertile farmland, pretense enough to launch a campaign of ethnic cleansing on a massive scale. John Mack Faragher draws on original research to weave 150 years of history into a gripping narrative of both the civilization of Acadia and the British plot to destroy it.

©2005 John Mack Faragher (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Paul Heitsch
Category: History, World
Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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Behemoth

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A sweeping, global history of the rise of the factory and its effects on society  We live in a factory-made world: modern life is built on three centuries of advances in factory production, efficiency, and technology. But giant factories have also fueled our fears about the future since their beginnings, when William Blake called them "dark Satanic mills". Many factories that operated over the last two centuries - such as Homestead, River Rouge, and Foxconn - were known for the labor exploitation and class warfare they engendered, not to mention the environmental devastation caused by factory production from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution up to today.  In a major work of scholarship that is also wonderfully accessible, celebrated historian Joshua B. Freeman tells the story of the factory and examines how it has reflected both our dreams and our nightmares of industrialization and social change. He whisks listeners from the textile mills in England that powered the Industrial Revolution and the factory towns of New England to the colossal steel and car plants of 20th-century America, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union and on to today's behemoths making sneakers, toys, and cellphones in China and Vietnam.  The giant factory, Freeman shows, led a revolution that transformed human life and the environment. He traces arguments about factories and social progress through such critics and champions as Marx and Engels, Charles Dickens, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Ford, and Joseph Stalin. He chronicles protests against standard industry practices from unions and workers' rights groups that led to shortened workdays, child labor laws, protection for organized labor, and much more.  In Behemoth, Freeman also explores how factories became objects of great wonder that both inspired and horrified artists and writers in their time. He examines representations of factories in the work of Charles Sheeler, Margaret Bourke-White, Charlie Chaplin, Diego Rivera, and Edward Burtynsky.  Behemoth tells the grand story of global industry from the Industrial Revolution to the present. It is a magisterial work on factories and the people whose labor made them run. And it offers a piercing perspective on how factories have shaped our societies and the challenges we face now. 

©2018 Joshua B. Freeman (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Stephen Bowlby
Category: History, World
Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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The Ever-Changing Past

Summary

History is not, and has never been, inert, certain, merely factual, and beyond reinterpretation. Taking listeners from Thucydides to the origin of the French Revolution to the Civil War and beyond, James M. Banner, Jr., explores what historians do and why they do it. Banner shows why historical knowledge is unlikely ever to be unchanging, why history as a branch of knowledge is always a search for meaning and a constant source of argument, and why history is so essential to individuals' awareness of their location in the world and to every group and nation's sense of identity and destiny. He explains why all historians are revisionists while they seek to more fully understand the past, and how they always bring their distinct minds, dispositions, perspectives, and purposes to bear on the subjects they study.

©2021 James M. Banner, Jr. (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: Bob Souer
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs
Available on Audible
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Season of the Witch

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Audie Award Nominee, History, 2013 Season of the Witch is the first book to fully capture the dark magic of San Francisco in this breathtaking period, when the city radically changed itself - and then revolutionized the world. The cool gray city of love was the epicenter of the 1960s cultural revolution. But by the early 1970s, San Francisco’s ecstatic experiment came crashing down from its starry heights. The city was rocked by savage murder sprees, mysterious terror campaigns, political assassinations, street riots, and finally a terrifying sexual epidemic. No other city endured so many calamities in such a short time span. David Talbot takes us deep into the riveting story of his city’s ascent, decline, and heroic recovery. He draws intimate portraits of San Francisco’s legendary demons and saviors: Charles Manson, Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Bill Graham, Herb Caen, the Cockettes, Harvey Milk, Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple, Joe Montana and the Super Bowl 49ers. He reveals how the city emerged from the trials of this period with a new brand of “San Francisco values”, including gay marriage, medical marijuana, immigration sanctuary, universal health care, recycling, renewable energy, consumer safety, and a living wage mandate. Considered radical when they were first introduced, these ideas have become the bedrock of decent society in many parts of the country, and exemplify the ways that the city now inspires us toward a live-and-let-live tolerance, a shared sense of humanity, and an openness to change. As a new generation of activists and dreamers seeks its own path to a more enlightened future, Season of the Witch - with its epic tale of the wild and bloody birth of San Francisco values - offers both inspiration and cautionary wisdom.

©2012 David Talbot (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Author: David Talbot
Category: History, World
Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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The Golden Thread

12 ratings

Summary

From the mummies of Ancient Egypt, via the silken dragon robes of Imperial China and the woollen sails of Viking longboats to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution (and sparked more than one war), arriving finally at the lab-blended fibres that have allowed astronauts to moonwalk - fabrics, man-made and natural, have changed and shaped the world we live in. In 12 fascinating chapters, Kassia St Clair lays out an alternative history of civilisation and human creativity. Wittily written and compellingly argued, this book will change the way you see the world.

©2018 Kassia St Clair (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: Helen Johns
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Pandemic History: The Worst Pandemics That Changed History

Summary

Are you interested in learning about the worst pandemics that have accompanied human history?  Do you want to know how the different epidemics have been dealt with in the past? If so, this is the audiobook you need to listen! In this audiobook, you will be provided with the information necessary to understand how the different pandemics have followed one another in past years. Based on extensive research, this audiobook takes readers through the battles faced by mankind throughout history, focusing mostly on the most famous viruses. You will find the history of: Malaria Tuberculosis History of Smallpox  Plague and Black Plague (1346-1353) Cholera Spanish influenza (1918-1920) The Spread of the Plague through the Byzantine Empire Hong Kong Flu (1968 Influenza Pandemic) HIV and AIDS Serious Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Ebola Even if we talk about past events, it is always important to know these historical events, from which we can glean many teachings. What are you waiting for? Would you like to know more? Buy this audiobook now!

©2020 John Muan (P)2020 John Muan

Narrator: Jack Powell
Author: John Muan
Category: History, World
Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Don't Know Much About Geography: Revised and Updated Edition

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From bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis comes a treasure trove of answers to questions about our world. Was there an Atlantis? What's the smallest country in the world? What's the difference between a jungle and a rain forest? Kenneth C. Davis, author of Don't Know Much About® History, Don't Know Much About the Civil War and Don't Know Much About the Bible, turns his inimitable wit and wide-ranging knowledge to the subject of geography, and proves once and for all that there is a lot more to it than labeling countries on a map. From often amusing perceptions people have had through the ages about the world and the universe to the changing map of today, Davis shows how geography is really a great crossroad of many fields: biology, meteorology, astronomy, history, economics, and even politics. In this lively, entertaining, and endlessly fascinating presentation, you'll hear about the personalities that helped shape the world and learn the answers to questions that have vexed most of us since grade school. Along the way, Davis offers an affectionate ode to the earth: a celebration of the earth, a searching investigation of the destruction of our habitat, and a practical guide to saving our home planet. For anyone who has felt geographically ignorant ever since gas stations stopped handing out free maps, Don't Know Much About Geography is enormously informative entertainment.

©1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. (P)2013 Random House Audio

Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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The Human Cosmos

Summary

"A tour de force on par with Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari." (Booklist, starred review) "One to savor." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)  An historically unprecedented disconnect between humanity and the heavens has opened. Jo Marchant's book can begin to heal it. For at least 20,000 years, we have led not just an earthly existence but a cosmic one. Celestial cycles drove every aspect of our daily lives. Our innate relationship with the stars shaped who we are - our art, religious beliefs, social status, scientific advances, and even our biology. But over the last few centuries we have separated ourselves from the universe that surrounds us. It's a disconnect with a dire cost.  Our relationship to the stars and planets has moved from one of awe, wonder and superstition to one where technology is king - the cosmos is now explored through data on our screens, not by the naked eye observing the natural world. Indeed, in most countries modern light pollution obscures much of the night sky from view. Jo Marchant's spellbinding parade of the ways different cultures celebrated the majesty and mysteries of the night sky is a journey to the most awe inspiring view you can ever see - looking up on a clear dark night. That experience and the thoughts it has engendered have radically shaped human civilization across millennia. The cosmos is the source of our greatest creativity in art, in science, in life.  To show us how, Jo Marchant takes us to the Hall of the Bulls in the caves at Lascaux in France, and to the summer solstice at a 5,000-year-old tomb at New Grange in Ireland. We discover Chumash cosmology and visit medieval monks grappling with the nature of time and Tahitian sailors navigating by the stars. We discover how light reveals the chemical composition of the sun, and we are with Einstein as he works out that space and time are one and the same. A four-billion-year-old meteor inspires a search for extraterrestrial life. The cosmically liberating, summary revelation is that star-gazing made us human.

©2020 Jo Marchant (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Jo Marchant
Author: Jo Marchant
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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As If an Enemy's Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution

Summary

In the dramatic few years when colonial Americans were galvanized to resist British rule, perhaps nothing did more to foment anti-British sentiment than the armed occupation of Boston. As If an Enemy's Country is Richard Archer's gripping narrative of those critical months between October 1, 1768, and the winter of 1770, when Boston was an occupied town. Bringing colonial Boston to life, Archer deftly moves between the governor's mansion and cobblestoned back alleys as he traces the origins of the colonists' conflict with Britain. He reveals the maneuvering of colonial political leaders, such as Governor Francis Bernard, Lieutenant Governor Thomas Hutchinson, and James Otis Jr. as they responded to London's new policies, and he evokes the outrage many Bostonians felt towards Parliament and its local representatives. Archer captures the popular mobilization under the leadership of John Hancock and Samuel Adams that met the oppressive imperial measures - most notably the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act. When the British government decided to garrison Boston with troops, it posed a shocking challenge to the people of Massachusetts. The city was flooded with troops; almost immediately, tempers flared and violent conflicts broke out. Archer's vivid tale culminates in the swirling tragedy of the Boston Massacre and its aftermath, including the trial and exoneration of the British troops involved. A thrilling and original work of history, As If an Enemy's Country tells the riveting story of what made the Boston townspeople, and with them other colonists, turn toward revolution. The “Pivotal Moments in American History” series seeks to unite the old and the new history, combining the insights and techniques of recent historiography with the power of traditional narrative. Each title has a strong narrative arc with drama, irony, suspense, and - most importantly - great characters who embody the human dimension of historical events.

©2010 Richard Archer (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Fred Stella
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria

Summary

William Scott-Elliot (1849-1919) was a theosophist and follower of Helena Blavatsky. In The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria - first published in 1896 - the author explores the histories of the two legendary lost continents in light of Blavatsky's theories about ancient history and lost races. There are similarities with some of Edgar Cayce’s claims, and it is said that H P Lovecraft was inspired by Scot-Elliot’s writing in constructing the "Cthulhu Mythos".

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Category: History, World
Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Five Days in November

4 ratings

Summary

The New York Times best-selling authors of Mrs. Kennedy and Me share the stories behind the five infamous, tragic days surrounding JFK’s assassination, published in remembrance of the beloved president on the 50th anniversary of his death. Clint Hill will forever be remembered as the lone secret service agent who jumped onto the car after President Kennedy was shot, clinging to its sides as it sped toward the hospital. Even now, decades after JFK’s presidency, the public continues to be fascinated with the Kennedys - America’s royal family. To mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Hill recounts his indelible memories of those five days leading up to, and after, that tragic day in November 1963. Hill, as Jackie’s guard, experienced those days firsthand. Hill provides a moment-to-moment narration evoking the feelings and emotions behind the images - clearing up the persistent conspiracy misconceptions along the way. Told movingly by a man who still wishes he could undo it all, Five Days in November is a rare and deeply personal look at the assassination that affected the entire world and changed the United States forever.

©2013 Clint Hill (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Jeremy Bobb
Category: History, World
Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest

Summary

Here is an intriguing exploration of the ways in which the history of the Spanish Conquest has been misread and passed down to become popular knowledge of these events. The book offers a fresh account of the activities of the best-known conquistadors and explorers, including Columbus, Cortes, and Pizarro. Using a wide array of sources, historian Matthew Restall highlights seven key myths, uncovering the source of the inaccuracies and exploding the fallacies and misconceptions behind each myth. This vividly written and authoritative book shows, for instance, that native Americans did not take the conquistadors for gods and that small numbers of vastly outnumbered Spaniards did not bring down great empires with stunning rapidity. We discover that Columbus was correctly seen in his lifetime - and for decades after - as a briefly fortunate but unexceptional participant in efforts involving many southern Europeans. It was only much later that Columbus was portrayed as a great man who fought against the ignorance of his age to discover the new world. Another popular misconception - that the Conquistadors worked alone - is shattered by the revelation that vast numbers of black and native allies joined them in a conflict that pitted native Americans against each other. This and other factors, not the supposed superiority of the Spaniards, made conquests possible. The Conquest, Restall shows, was more complex - and more fascinating - than conventional histories have portrayed it. Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest offers a richer and more nuanced account of a key event in the history of the Americas.

©2003 Oxford University Press, Inc. (P)2018 Tantor

Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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The Perfectionists

44 ratings

Summary

The revered New York Times best-selling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement - precision - in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future. The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in 18th-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools - machines that make machines. Eventually, the application of precision tools and methods resulted in the creation and mass production of items from guns and glass to mirrors, lenses, and cameras - and eventually gave way to further breakthroughs, including gene splicing, microchips, and the Hadron Collider. Simon Winchester takes us back to origins of the Industrial Age, to England where he introduces the scientific minds that helped usher in modern production: John Wilkinson, Henry Maudslay, Joseph Bramah, Jesse Ramsden, and Joseph Whitworth. It was Thomas Jefferson who later exported their discoveries to the fledgling United States, setting the nation on its course to become a manufacturing titan. Winchester moves forward through time, to today’s cutting-edge developments occurring around the world, from America to Western Europe to Asia. As he introduces the minds and methods that have changed the modern world, Winchester explores fundamental questions. Why is precision important? What are the different tools we use to measure it? Who has invented and perfected it? Has the pursuit of the ultra-precise in so many facets of human life blinded us to other things of equal value, such as an appreciation for the age-old traditions of craftsmanship, art, and high culture? Are we missing something that reflects the world as it is, rather than the world as we think we would wish it to be? And can the precise and the natural co-exist in society?

©2018 Simon Winchester (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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The Mental Floss History of the World

2 ratings

Summary

About 60,000 years ago, the first Homo sapiens were just beginning their move across the grasslands and up the ladder of civilization. Everything since then, as they say, is history. Just in case you were sleeping in class that day, the geniuses at mental_floss magazine have put together a hilarious (and historically accurate) primer on everything you need to know---and that means the good stuff. Twelve core chapters of world history tackle everything from civilization's baby steps in the Fertile Crescent to the Not-Really-That-Dark-Unless-You-Lived-in-Europe Ages to A World United by Terror and TV. From the Golden Haemorhoids of the Philistines (punishment from above) to the likely namesake of the cartoon elephant Babar (a Mongol prince) to the most pressing language translation issues facing the menus of today ("carp" vs. "crap"), all of history's most interesting bits have finally been handpicked and roasted to perfection.

©2008 Mental Floss LLC (P)2008 Tantor

Narrator: Johny Heller
Category: History, World
Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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The Age of Empire

1 rating

Summary

The splendid finale to Eric Hobsbawm's study of the 19th century, The Age of Empire covers the area of Western Imperialism and examines the forces that swept the world to the outbreak of World War One - and shaped modern society.

©1987 Eric Hobsbawm (P)1987 Hachette Audio UK

Narrator: Hugh Kermode
Category: History, World
Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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The Moors in Spain

Summary

The Moors in Spain is an overview of the Moorish conquest of the Iberian Peninsula. Stanley Edward Lane-Poole (1854 - 1931), the author, was a noted British archaeologist.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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A Macat Analysis of C. L. R. James's The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution

Summary

Published in 1938, Cyril Lionel Robert (C. L. R.) James' The Black Jacobins is the little-known story of the only successful slave revolution known in history. It was this 12-year struggle of the African slaves in the French colony of San Domingo that led to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti in 1804. The uprising was inspired by the ideals of the French Revolution that had begun in 1789, just two years before, and in this work James goes to great lengths to show the relationship between the two upheavals. The Black Jacobins was an early example of what is known as "history from below", telling the story of key moments from the point of view of ordinary people rather than high-ranking politicians and noblemen. Although James' Marxism colors his view of events in the book, The Black Jacobins is considered a classic work and gives an accurate and groundbreaking portrayal of a unique historical event.

©2016 Macat Inc (P)2016 Macat Inc

Narrator: Macat.com
Author: Nick Broten
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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The Wisdom of History

12 ratings

Summary

Do the lessons passed down to us by history, lessons whose origins may lie hundreds, even thousands of years in the past, still have value for us today? Is Santayana's oft-repeated saying, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it", merely a way to offer lip service to history as a teacher - or can we indeed learn from it? And if we can, what is it that we should be learning?   In this unflinching series of 36 lectures, a world-renowned scholar makes the case that we not only can learn from history, but must.  Drawing on decades of experience as a classical historian, Professor Fears explores history's patterns to conclude that ignoring them - whether by choice or because we've never learned to see them - is to risk becoming their prisoner, repeating the mistakes that have toppled leaders, nations, and empires throughout time.  In this personal reflection on history, Professor Fears has taken on the challenge of extracting the past's lessons in ways that speak to us today, showing us how the experience of ancient empires such as those of Rome and Persia have much to teach us about the risks and responsibilities of being a superpower.  He shows how the study of those who left their impact on an earlier world - Caesar Augustus or Genghis Khan, George Washington or Adolf Hitler, Mahatma Gandhi or Josef Stalin - can equip us to make responsible choices as nations, citizens, or individuals in a post-9/11 world where those choices are more crucial than ever. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2007 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2007 The Great Courses

Narrator: J. Rufus Fears
Category: History, World
Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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The Normans

8 ratings

Summary

There is much more to the Norman story than the Battle of Hastings. These descendants of the Vikings who settled in France, England, and Italy - but were not strictly French, English, or Italian - played a large role in creating the modern world. They were the success story of the Middle Ages: a footloose band of individual adventurers who transformed the face of medieval Europe. During the course of two centuries, they launched a series of extraordinary conquests, carving out kingdoms from the North Sea to the North African coast. In The Normans, Lars Brownworth follows their story, from the first shock of a Viking raid on an Irish monastery to the exile of the last Norman Prince of Antioch. In the process, he brings to vivid life the Norman tapestry's rich cast of characters: figures like Rollo the Walker, William Iron-Arm, Tancred the Monkey King, and Robert Guiscard. The Normans presents a fascinating glimpse of a time when a group of restless adventurers had the world at their fingertips.

©2014 Lars Brownworth (P)2014 Tantor

Narrator: James C. Lewis
Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Reappraisals

Summary

The accelerating changes of the past generation have been accompanied by a similarly accelerated amnesia. The 20th century has become "history" at an unprecedented rate. The world of 2007 was so utterly unlike that of even 1987, much less any earlier time, that we have lost touch with our immediate past even before we have begun to make sense of it - and the results are proving calamitous. In less than a generation, the headlong advance of globalization has altered structures of thought that had been essentially unchanged since the European industrial revolution. As a result, we have lost touch with a century of social thought and socially motivated activism. In the 24 essays in Reappraisals, Judt resurrects the key aspects of the world we have lost to remind us how important they still are to us now and to our future.

©2008 Tony Judt (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: James Adams
Author: Tony Judt
Category: History, World
Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Never Give In: The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches

1 rating

Summary

Who can forget the words "We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields, and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender!" They were uttered in 1940 by one of the 20th century's greatest orators, Winston Churchill, eager to spur on his countrymen in their fight against Nazi Germany. Now the great man's grandson has gathered Churchill's most memorable words, spanning more than half a century, in times of war and in times of peace. Part of Churchill's gift, his grandson writes, was his ability to address his radio listeners "not as unseen masses but as individuals-he envisioned his audience as a couple and their family gathered around their coal fire in the cottage-home." Any admirer of Churchill's will want to add this audiobook to their library.  Please note: These are historical recordings. The audio quality represents the technology of the time when they were was produced.  

©2009 BN Publishing (P)2009 BN Publishing

Category: History, World
Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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Liberty's Torch

Summary

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world, a powerful symbol of freedom and the American dream. For decades, the myth has persisted that the statue was a grand gift from France, but now Liberty's Torch reveals how she was in fact the pet project of one quixotic and visionary French sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Bartholdi not only forged this 151-foot-tall colossus in a workshop in Paris and transported her across the ocean, but battled to raise money for the statue and make her a reality. A young sculptor inspired by a trip to Egypt where he saw the pyramids and Sphinx, he traveled to America, carrying with him the idea of a colossal statue of a woman. There he enlisted the help of notable people of the age - including Ulysses S. Grant, Joseph Pulitzer, Victor Hugo, Gustave Eiffel, and Thomas Edison - to help his scheme. He also came up with inventive ideas to raise money, including exhibiting the torch at the Philadelphia World's Fair and charging people to climb up inside. While the French and American governments dithered, Bartholdi made the statue a reality by his own entrepreneurship, vision, and determination.

©2014 Elizabeth Mitchell. Recorded by arrangement with Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Andi Ackerman
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Warriors, Queens, and Intellectuals: 36 Great Women Before 1400

7 ratings

Summary

Throughout history, women have played integral roles in family, society, religion, government, war - in short, in all aspects of human civilization. Powerful women have shaped laws, led rebellions, and played key roles in dynastic struggles. Some were caught up in forces beyond their control, while others manipulated and murdered their way to the top. However, unearthing their stories from the historical record has been a challenge, with the ordinary difficulties of preserving information across the generations increased by centuries of historical bias and gendered expectations. Women, when they were mentioned at all, often filled the role of virtuous maiden, self-effacing mother, or seductive villain. Imagine what you are missing when only half the story is being told.   In Warriors, Queens, and Intellectuals: 36 Great Women Before 1400, taught by Professor Emerita of Humanistic Studies Joyce E. Salisbury, you will experience another side of history, one that has often been overlooked. In these 36 lectures, women step out from the footnotes and sidebars of traditional history and into the spotlight, illuminating the dark corners of the pre-modern world along the way. From thwarted daughters and ambitious wives to fearless revolutionaries and brilliant philosophers, you will see how women have played diverse roles throughout history and why their influence is so vital to a fuller understanding of the world we live in today. Beginning at the start of the Roman Empire and carrying you through to the end of the Middle Ages, Professor Salisbury will introduce you to dozens of influential women from all across the globe. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 The Great Courses (P)2019 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, World
Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Central America

Summary

A cluster of five countries, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, are commonly referred to as Central America. Although these nations differ in their histories and politics, they share at least one factor; they have been caught up in the turmoil of America's foreign policy in this region. This audiobook depicts the chain of events that have led to the Central America we view on television.

©1991 Knowledge Products, Inc. (P)1991 Knowledge Products, Inc.

Category: History, World
Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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Conquering the Electron

Summary

Conquering the Electron offers listeners a true and engaging history of the world of electronics, beginning with the discoveries of static electricity and magnetism and ending with the creation of the smartphone and the iPad.  This book shows the interconnection of each advance to the next on the long journey to our modern-day technologies. Exploring the combination of genius, infighting, and luck that powered the creation of today's electronic age, Conquering the Electron debunks the hero worship so often plaguing the stories of great advances. Want to know how AT&T's Bell Labs developed semiconductor technology - and how its leading scientists almost came to blows in the process? Want to understand how radio and television work - and why RCA drove their inventors to financial ruin and early graves? Conquering the Electron offers these stories and more, presenting each revolutionary technological advance right alongside blow-by-blow personal battles that all too often took place.

©2011 Derek Cheung and Eric Brach (P)2020 Tantor

Category: History, World
Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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The Path Between the Seas

11 ratings

Summary

Winner of the National Book Award for history, The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. McCullough expertly weaves the many strands of this momentous event into a captivating tale. Like his masterful, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography John Adams, David McCullough's The Path Between the Seas has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This audiobook is a must-listen for anyone interested in American history, international intrigue, and human drama.

©2001 David McCullough (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Nelson Runger
Category: History, World
Length: 31 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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The Great Age of Discovery, Volume 1

6 ratings

Summary

In the space of 400 years, Western man methodically set out to explore and map the entire earth. During some of the most dangerous expeditions ever mounted, an extraordinary group of determined men forced passages through vast oceans, dark jungles, and withering deserts. Never has their like been seen since. What drove these soldiers, sailors, and civilians to leave the comforts of civilized life and face the horrors of shipwreck, starvation, cannibals, and disease? The primary motivations were fame, fortune, and adventure...sometimes all three. But with some of these explorers there was also a sense of duty, the idea that it was their destiny to discover new lands, new trading routes, to further the prominence of their king and country, and to illuminate the dark corners of the planet to solve the geological riddles that had puzzled humanity for eons. In Paul Herrmann's great synthesis of anthropology, archaeology, medicine, and wonderful narrative history, we discover the story behind the great expeditions. We learn how they were organized and carried out, what happened when Europeans confronted strange and often savage societies, and what happened to these explorers upon their return to Europe. We also learn what impact their discoveries had on primitive cultures and European society. But this history is also much more. The result is an unbelievable picture of mankind swept up in the dramatic passage from enforced isolation to a dynamic worldwide trading network. Volume 1 follows the voyages of Columbus, da Gama, Magellan, Cortes, Pizarro, and others as the Western hemisphere is discovered and mapped. After Magellan's voyage, the world of trade takes a revolutionary turn and the fortunes of Europe and the Mediterranean are changed forever.

©2004 Audio Connoisseur

Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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Vom Kriege

Summary

Wie muß die Strategie moderner Kriegführung angelegt sein, damit Kriege gewonnen werden können? Diese Frage stellte sich Carl von Clausewitz. Als Ergebnis seiner Überlegungen entstand eine der wichtigsten militärtheoretischen Abhandlungen der Weltgeschichte und ein Meisterwerk der Strategie: "Vom Kriege". Dieses Hörbuch fasst die wichtigsten Gedanken und Zitate auf 76 Minuten zusammen.

(c) + (p) 2008 Vocalbar

Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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The Spanish Flu

Summary

Learn about the Spanish Flu, understand the preventive measures to fight it, come together as a community, and deliver a concerted response Are you interested in learning about the worst pandemic to have occurred in modern history? Do you need to know how to be prepared to deal with the current pandemic and any possible future ones? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, keep listening. The Spanish Flu was the worst disaster to have occurred in modern history. It began to erupt in 1918 and spread to become an epidemic affecting communities. As it was also a time of war, the epidemic became a pandemic because of the travelling soldiers who unknowingly became the carriers of the deadly virus.  Why is it important for us to know about the Spanish Flu? Historic context is invaluable and it is true of this pandemic. If we have a good understanding of it, we can be better prepared to deal with the current pandemic that is affecting our communities and ones that may arise in the future. This book is a great source of knowledge as it clearly narrates how the virus came about, how it spread, and how it was countered.  In this eye-opening book, here is what else you’ll learn: A brief history of the pandemics around the globe, including the Spanish Flu What were the origins of the Spanish Flu and where did it erupt from? How were countries affected as a result of the spread of the deadly virus How the virus spread in waves, how the society was affected by it, and what measures were taken by medical communities Why entire societies and communities were cut off from each other because of the pandemic, and what preventive measures were taken to curb its spread Why the second wave of the Spanish Flu was especially deadly, and how its spread was exacerbated  How the virus was countered with each successive wave of mutation, and how it was brought under control  A history of why virus pandemics spread and what are some of the most effective ways to deal with them so as to slow their spread Times call for us to continually renew our understanding of history so we can learn and be better prepared to address any present or future eventuality. The Spanish Flu is not any different and is the closest example in relation to the present virus pandemic. The more we study the Spanish Flu, the more we can recognize patterns into what role we should play as citizens to help curb the deadly spread. This book is timely and extremely useful in making us aware that we should take whatever precaution necessary to ensure a safe outcome for our families and communities.

©2020 Nathan Grisham (P)2020 Nathan Grisham

Narrator: Mark Rabi
Category: History, World
Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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The Foundations of Western Civilization

31 ratings

Summary

What is Western civilization? According to Professor Noble, it is "much more than human and political geography," encompassing myriad forms of political and institutional structures - from monarchies to participatory republics - and its own traditions of political discourse. It involves choices about who gets to participate in any given society and the ways in which societies have resolved the tension between individual self-interest and the common good. Within this series of 48 lectures, you'll discover the many ways in which Western civilization has addressed those questions, from its first stirrings in the great river valleys of Iraq and Egypt in 3000 B.C to the beginning of the 17th century and the dawn of the modern world. Your learning will cover vast amounts of territory and thousands of years, beginning in the ancient Near East and moving to Greece and then Rome. You'll explore ancient empires, including those of Persia, Alexander the Great, and Rome. You'll watch as western Europe gradually expands, both physically and culturally. And you'll examine the globalizations of Western civilization with the Portuguese and Spanish voyages of exploration and discovery. This broad and panoramic series, ripe with the telling detail on which history can turn, will help you pull an enormous sweep of history together into one coherent - though by no means closed - framework as you watch history develop under the influence of such critical factors as ecology and environment, geography, and climate; government and economics; technology; religion; work and leisure; philosophy; literature; art and architecture; and virtues, values, and aesthetics. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2002 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2002 The Great Courses

Category: History, World
Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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A Macat Analysis of Christopher R. Browning's Ordinary Men

Summary

Ordinary Men is one of the most influential works on the Holocaust. Before US historian Browning's 1992 book, most Holocaust scholarship focused either on the experience of the victims or on the Nazi political ideology driving the slaughter. Browning investigates the stories of some who carried out acts of extreme violence, those who literally had blood on their hands. Who were they? What were their backgrounds? And how could they end up committing such unspeakable acts? Browning focuses on one unexceptional regiment of German reservists, Police Battalion 101, carefully reconstructing the men's personalities. While their orders to kill appalled them at first, Browning shows how a combination of reluctance to challenge authority and peer pressure enabled them to face their gruesome task. These men were not driven by ideology. Rather than being moral monsters, Browning insists they were simply "ordinary men." While some have criticized Browning's relentless focus on the individual, Ordinary Men is nonetheless an essential work for anybody who wants to understand the Holocaust.

©2016 Macat Inc (P)2016 Macat Inc

Narrator: Macat.com
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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River of Darkness

16 ratings

Summary

From the acclaimed author of Conquistador comes this thrilling account of one of history's greatest adventures of discovery. With cinematic immediacy and meticulous attention to historical detail, here is the true story of a legendary 16th-century explorer and his death-defying navigation of the Amazon - river of darkness, pathway to gold. In 1541, the brutal conquistador Gonzalo Pizarro and his well-born lieutenant Francisco Orellana set off from Quito in search of La Canela, South America's rumored Land of Cinnamon, and the fabled El Dorado, "the golden man". Driving an enormous retinue of mercenaries, enslaved natives, horses, hunting dogs, and other animals across the Andes, they watched their proud expedition begin to disintegrate even before they descended into the nightmarish jungle, following the course of a powerful river. Soon hopelessly lost in the swampy labyrinth, their numbers diminishing daily through disease, starvation, and Indian attacks, Pizarro and Orellana made a fateful decision to separate. While Pizarro eventually returned home barefoot and in rags, Orellana and 57 men, in a few fragile craft, continued downriver into the unknown reaches of the mighty Amazon, serenaded by native war drums and the eerie cries of exotic predators. Theirs would be the greater glory.

©2011 Buddy Levy (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Author: Buddy Levy
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Inventing the Middle Ages

3 ratings

Summary

In this ground-breaking work, Norman Cantor explains how our current notion of the Middle Ages—with its vivid images of wars, tournaments, plagues, saints and kings, knights and ladies—was born in the 20th century. The medieval world was not simply excavated through systematic research. It had to be conceptually created: it had to be invented, and this is the story of that invention. Cantor focuses on the lives and works of twenty of the great medievalists of this century, demonstrating how the events of their lives, and their spiritual and emotional outlooks, influenced their interpretations of the Middle Ages. He makes their scholarship an intensely personal and passionate exercise, full of color and controversy, displaying the strong personalities and creative minds that brought new insights about the past.

©1991 Norman Cantor (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Category: History, World
Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Glorious Revolution

Summary

Discover the remarkable history of the glorious revolution! On August 28, 2019, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked Queen Elizabeth II to prorogue Parliament. She approved the request. The elaborate ritual of the queen granting the prime minister permission to do what he intended to do anyway demonstrates how the legacy of the Glorious Revolution of 1688 made the British Parliament, not the monarch, the ultimate source of power in government. But it was not always so. Under the Stuart kings, battles between the Parliament and the throne were far from unusual, with no ceremonial rituals to preserve popular fictions regarding who was in power. King Charles I believed ardently in the divine right of kings and went to his execution firmly convinced that he was God’s anointed. His second son James II believed the same. However, James II was a Catholic, and his succession to the English throne following the death of his brother Charles II set in motion a series of cataclysmic events which culminated in a largely bloodless revolution to bring James’s daughter Mary and her husband William of Orange to the throne as Protestant sovereigns. Under the 11-year Interregnum following the execution of King Charles I, the Parliament got a taste of power, and ordinary men perceived that God might choose rulers from among their own class. The path to parliamentary supremacy over pedigreed royalty, although ultimately achieved without bloodshed, was strewn with religious intolerance, petty rivalries, titanic clashes of ideology, and a belief in the rights of Parliament to govern without royal interference. The evolution of parliamentary supremacy over royal birthright redefined human social evolution, laying the groundwork for a bold new experiment in government that would make democracy the crowning achievement of the modern age. Discover a plethora of topics, such as: The Roundheads Behead a King The Return of the Monarchy: Charles II James, the Catholic King The Dutch Invasion of England Mary and William: Joint Sovereigns, One Ruler And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on the Glorious Revolution, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access! 

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Tudor History

2 ratings

Summary

If you want to discover the captivating history of the Tudors, then pay attention.... Four captivating manuscripts in one audiobook:  The Tudors: A Captivating Guide to the History of England from Henry VII to Elizabeth I The Wars of the Roses: A Captivating Guide to the English Civil Wars That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Put the Tudors on the Throne The Six Wives of Henry VIII: A Captivating Guide to Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Katherine Parr Elizabeth I: A Captivating Guide to the Queen of England Who Was the Last of the Five Monarchs of the House of Tudor Five Tudor monarchs sat on the throne of England and Ireland from 1485 to 1603. The family earned their royal rights through strategic planning and battlefield prowess, and kept them because of intellect, strength, and sheer determination. The Tudors, one of England’s most powerful and famous royal dynasties, knitted together a fragmented and small island nation that became one of the world’s financial, colonial, and technological superpowers.  There is so much more to the story of these kings and queens than beheadings, political marriages, and the reformation of the church - but those events remain some of the family’s most enthralling moments.

©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Narrator: Desmond Manny
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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In the Wake of Madness

2 ratings

Summary

The gripping true story of one of the 19th century's bloodiest mutinies, written by an award-winning maritime historian.On May 25, 1841, the Massachusetts whaleship Sharon set out on what became one of the most notorious voyages of that century, and one of its best-kept secrets.Commanded by Captain Howes Norris, the Sharon headed for the whaling grounds of the northwestern Pacific. At Pohnpei Island, 12 men from the Sharon deserted the ship, leaving her critically shorthanded. After steering for New Zealand to recruit more crew, the men on lookout raised a school of sperm whales. Two boats gave chase, each with a crew of six. Five men were left on board the Sharon: Norris, three pacific Islanders, and a Portuguese boy named Manuel. While Manuel was in the rigging, the natives hacked the captain to death.The story of the mutiny, the murder, and the ship's eventual recapture unfolds in breathless detail. Why did so many men desert the Sharon? Why did the so-called "savages" kill the captain? Were the seeds of disaster sown long before that bloody day? You'll follow the events eagerly, as did an aspiring young writer of the time: Herman Melville.

©2003 Joan Druett. Published by arrangement with Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (P)2003 HighBridge Company

Author: Joan Druett
Category: History, World
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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The Old Ways

12 ratings

Summary

From the acclaimed author of The Wild Places comes an engrossing exploration of walking and thinking. In this exquisitely written book, Robert Macfarlane sets off from his Cambridge, England, home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drove roads, and sea paths that crisscross both the British landscape and its waters and territories beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep and tell, and of pilgrimage and ritual. Told in Macfarlane’s distinctive voice, The Old Ways folds together natural history, cartography, geology, archaeology, and literature. His walks take him from the chalk downs of England to the bird islands of the Scottish northwest, from Palestine to the sacred landscapes of Spain and the Himalayas. Along the way he crosses paths with walkers of many kinds - wanderers, pilgrims, guides, and artists. Above all this is a book about walking as a journey inward and the subtle ways we are shaped by the landscapes through which we move. Macfarlane discovers that paths offer not just a means of traversing space but of feeling, knowing, and thinking. Robert Macfarlane is the author of the prize-winning Mountains of the Mind and The Wild Places, both of which were New York Times Notable Books. He has contributed to Harper’s, Granta, the Observer, Times Literary Supplement, and London Review of Books. He is a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

©2012 Robert Macfarlane (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Robin Sachs
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Amazing Grace

13 ratings

Summary

Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce's extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament. At the center of this heroic life was a passionate 20-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before his death in 1833. Metaxas discovers in this unsung hero a man of whom it can truly be said, "He changed the world." Before Wilberforce, few thought slavery was wrong. After Wilberforce, most societies in the world came to see it as a great moral wrong. This account of Wilberforce's life will help many to become acquainted with an exceptional man who was a hero to Abraham Lincoln and an inspiration to the anti-slavery movement in America.

©2007 Eric Metaxas (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

Narrator: Johnny Heller
Author: Eric Metaxas
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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A Little History of the World

19 ratings

Summary

E. H. Gombrich's world history, an international best seller now available in English for the first time, is a text dominated not by dates and facts but by the sweep of experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements, and an acute witness to its frailties. In 40 concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history for the curious of all ages, but especially children. Translated by Caroline Mustill.

©1985 DuMont Literatur und Kunst Verlag GmbH und Co. KG, Cologne, Germany. English translation 2005 Leonie Gombrich (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Narrator: Ralph Cosham
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Histoire mondiale de la France

1 rating

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"Ce ne serait pas trop de l'histoire du monde pour expliquer la France." (Jules Michelet, Introduction à l'histoire universelle, 1831) Voici une histoire de France, de toute la France, en très longue durée qui mène de la grotte Chauvet aux événements de 2015, sans s'embarrasser de la question des origines. Une histoire qui prend au large le destin d'un pays qui n'existe pas séparément du monde, même si parfois il prétend l'incarner tout entier. Une histoire qui n'abandonne pas pour autant la chronologie ni le plaisir du récit, puisque c'est par dates qu'elle s'organise et que chaque date est traitée comme une petite intrigue. Réconciliant démarche critique et narration entraînante, l'ouvrage réunit un collectif d'historiennes et d'historiens, tous attachés à rendre accessible un discours engagé et savant. Son enjeu est clair : tout en revisitant les lieux de mémoire du récit national, il s'agit de déplacer, de dépayser et d'élargir notre histoire. Prendre la mesure d'une histoire mondiale de la France, c'est la rendre simplement plus intéressante ! Lorsque vous achetez ce titre, le fichier PDF qui l'accompagne sera disponible dans votre confirmation d'achat envoyée par mail ainsi que dans votre bibliothèque, depuis votre ordinateur.

©2017 Éditions du Seuil (P)2018 Audiolib

Category: History, World
Length: 32 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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The History of Colombia: A Fascinating Guide to Colombian History

1 rating

Summary

Unearth the incredible history of one of South America’s most beautiful countries. Colombia is an amazing country with a rich history, vibrant geography, and diverse people - now, in this audiobook, you’ll uncover a profound and insightful exploration of this fascinating country, packed with detailed insights and interesting facts. Covering everything from the early history and development to colonization and Colombia’s long journey to its place as a republic in the 21st century, this comprehensive guide is perfect for anyone looking to study this extraordinary country. Offering an exploration of the natural beauty and geographic elements of Colombia, this book also examines the country’s economy and exports, the advances in science and technology which the country’s scientists and doctors have pioneered, and the past and present governments who have built the groundwork to launch Colombia into the future. Colombia is a fascinating country with a rich story to tell. The History of Colombia is ideal for any fan of South America and world history, offering a powerful exploration of Colombia’s past, present, and possible future. Buy now to unearth the history of Colombia today!

©2020 David Robbins (P)2020 David Robbins

Narrator: Steven Barnett
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Empire

2 ratings

Summary

The British Empire was the largest in all history: the nearest thing to global domination ever achieved. The world we know today is in large measure the product of Britain's age of empire. The global spread of capitalism, telecommunications, the English language, and the institutions of representative government - all these can be traced back to the extraordinary expansion of Britain's economy, population, and culture from the 17th century until the mid-20th. On a vast and vividly colored canvas, Empire shows how the British Empire acted as midwife to modernity. Displaying the originality and rigor that have made him the brightest light among British historians, Ferguson shows that far from being a subject for nostalgia, the story of the Empire is pregnant with lessons for the world today - in particular for the United States as it stands on the brink of a new kind of imperial power. A dazzling tour de force, Empire is a remarkable reappraisal of the prizes and pitfalls of global empire.

©2012 AudioGO (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Sean Barrett
Category: History, World
Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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A Voyage Long and Strange

Summary

On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz makes an unsettling discovery. A history buff since early childhood, expensively educated at university - a history major, no less! - he's reached middle age with a third-grader's grasp of early America. In fact, he's mislaid more than a century of American history, the period separating Columbus' landing in 1492 from the arrival of English colonists at Jamestown in 160-...something. Did nothing happen in between? Horwitz decides to find out, and in A Voyage Long and Strange he uncovers the neglected story of America's founding by Europeans. He begins a thousand years ago, with the Vikings, and then tells the dramatic tale of conquistadors, castaways, French voyageurs, Moorish slaves, and many others who roamed and rampaged across half the states of the present-day U.S. continent, long before the Mayflower landed. To explore this history and its legacy in the present, Horwitz embarks on an epic quest of his own - trekking in search of grape-rich Vinland, Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth, Coronado's Cities of Gold, Walter Raleigh's Lost Colonists, and other mysteries of early America. And everywhere he goes, Horwitz probes the revealing gap between fact and legend, between what we enshrine and what we forget. An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, A Voyage Long and Strange allows us to rediscover the New World for ourselves.

©2008 Tony Horwitz (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Tony Horwitz
Author: Tony Horwitz
Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI

1 rating

Summary

In Volume VI (Chapters LVII - LXXI), Gibbon ends his masterful history by charting the rise of the Turkish nation and the birth of the Ottoman Empire, which becomes an unstoppable force as it eventually captures the remains of the Eastern Empire. Weakened under the continuing schism of the Greek and Latin Christians, the strategically important site of Constantinople becomes an easy target for Sultan Mohammed II much to the consternation and apathy of the West.

Public Domain (P)2014 Naxos AudioBooks

Narrator: David Timson
Category: History, World
Length: 28 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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History of Christianity

Summary

Cross necklaces were the center of the life of the Christians. Tertullian, one of the great church fathers mentioned the faithful followers of Christianity as the cross devotees. Great devotion of the Christians towards the Christ cross is defined as the symbol for Lord, St. Paulinus for Nola. Archaeologists found cross marks in the ancient civilizations between 2nd and the 5th centuries. Drawings as well as the etchings on the walls, and even in the catacombs at Rome, and the walls of the burial chambers of the first and second centuries, had cross symbols in many sites. As a matter of fact, Christianity history dates back even a thousand years before that.

©2016 Can Akdeniz (P)2016 Can Akdeniz

Narrator: Andrea Giordani
Author: IntroBooks
Category: History, World
Length: 39 mins
Available on Audible
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American History Now

Summary

American History Now collects 18 original historiographic essays that survey recent scholarship in American history and trace the shifting lines of interpretation and debate in the field. The new generation of historians showcased in American History Now posed new questions and developed new approaches to scholarship to revise the prevailing interpretations of the chronological periods from the colonial era to the Reagan years. Covering the established subfields of women's history, African American history, and immigration history, the book also considers the history of capitalism, Native American history, environmental history, religious history, cultural history, and the history of the United States in the world.

©2011 American Historical Association (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Scotty Drake
Category: History, World
Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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World History

4 ratings

Summary

Have you ever wondered how the world got to where it is today? Get ready to discover the rich history of our planet. You will be astonished to learn about some of the events that have occurred! Here is a sneak peek of what you will Learn: Ancient History Asian History European and Russian History American History Australian History African History World Wars I & II, and the Vietnam War And much, much, more Subjects include: Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, The Roman Empire, Constantine and Christianity, India, Ancient Korea, Chinese Dynasties, Napoleonic Europe, Foundation of USA, The 1812 War, Australia and Wars, World War I, World War II, The Ottoman Empire, Greece and North Africa, The Diem Regime, Pearl Harbor, and much more! All continents as known today are covered: North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Take action and get this audiobook now!

©2016 Adam Brown (P)2016 Adam Brown

Narrator: Sarah Moore
Author: Adam Brown
Category: History, World
Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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The Coming of the Terror in the French Revolution

2 ratings

Summary

Between 1793 and 1794, thousands of French citizens were imprisoned and hundreds sent to the guillotine by a powerful dictatorship that claimed to be acting in the public interest. Only a few years earlier, revolutionaries had proclaimed a new era of tolerance, equal justice, and human rights. How and why did the French Revolution's lofty ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity descend into violence and terror?

©2015 The President and Fellows of Harvard College (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Michael Page
Category: History, World
Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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Apollo 13

18 ratings

Summary

An all-new recording of the landmark number one best seller! In April 1970, during the glory days of the Apollo space program, NASA sent Navy Captain Jim Lovell and two other astronauts on America's fifth mission to the moon. Only 55 hours into the flight of Apollo 13, disaster struck: a mysterious explosion rocked the ship, and soon its oxygen and power began draining away. Written with all the color and drama of the best fiction, Apollo 13 (previously published as Lost Moon) tells the full story of the moon shot that almost ended in catastrophe. Minutes after the explosion, the three astronauts are forced to abandon the main ship for the lunar module, a tiny craft designed to keep two men alive for just two days. As the hours tick away, the narrative shifts from the crippled spacecraft to Mission Control, from engineers searching desperately for a way to fix the ship to Lovell's wife and children praying for his safe return. The entire nation watches as one crisis after another is met and overcome. By the time the ship splashes down in the Pacific, we understand why the heroic effort to rescue Lovell and his crew is considered by many to be NASA's finest hour  Decades after the launch of the mission, Jim Lovell and coauthor Jeffrey Kluger offer an incisive look at America's waxing and waning love affair with space exploration during the past three decades, culminating only recently when the Apollo 13 spacecraft itself, long consigned to an aviation museum outside Paris, was at last returned to its rightful home in the United States. The story of Apollo 13 is a timeless tribute to the enduring American spirit and sparkling individual heroism. 

©2006, 2019 Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Fred Sanders
Category: History, World
Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Agricola, Germania, A Dialogue Concerning Oratory

Summary

These three vibrant texts show different sides of the Roman historian Tacitus (c56–c102 CE), best known for his principal (and much longer) legacies of The Annals and The Histories. Agricola was a successful general and governor of Britain (77-83CE), a task which he carried out with firmness and probity - in contrast to much of the corruption and repression in place during the reign of Emperor Domitian. Included in his account are the prebattle speeches of both Agricola and the Briton Calgacus. Tacitus' account of Germania shows a very different land with its many tribes, their habits and qualities in a strongly rural and resistant environment. A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, by contrast, is placed decidedly at the heart of Roman culture, a survey of rhetoric and the art of eloquence. The ability to speak clearly and well was admired throughout the Greek and Roman eras; educated men were expected to have received training in form and delivery: exordium, narration, period. Tacitus presents individuals who display the art of oratory in various forms, referring to the giants of the past - the speeches of Cicero, Brutus, Caesar and many others were kept in volumes and studied. And they question whether eloquence and the skills of oratory had declined in the age.

Public Domain (P)2016 Ukemi Productions Ltd

Narrator: Leighton Pugh
Author: Tacitus
Category: History, World
Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
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Born in Blood and Fire: Fourth Edition

2 ratings

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The most highly regarded and affordable history of Latin America for our times. Born in Blood and Fire, Fourth Edition has been extensively revised to heighten emphasis on current cultural analyses of Latin American society and facilitate meaningful connections between the Encounter and the present.

©2016, 2011, 2006, 2001 W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Gary Tiedemann
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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The Quest for Queen Mary

5 ratings

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The highly acclaimed unexpurgated notes taken by James Pope-Hennessy for his official biography of Queen Mary, the present Queen's grandmother. Published in full for the first time and edited by much-admired royal biographer Hugo Vickers. When James Pope-Hennessy began his work on Queen Mary's official biography, it opened the door to meetings with royalty, court members and retainers around Europe. The series of candid observations, secrets and indiscretions contained in his notes were to be kept private for 50 years. Now published in full for the first time and edited by the highly admired royal biographer Hugo Vickers, this is a riveting, often hilarious portrait of the eccentric aristocracy of a bygone age.  Giving much greater insight into Queen Mary than the official version, and including sharply observed encounters with, among others, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Duke of Gloucester, and a young Queen Elizabeth, The Quest for Queen Mary is set to be a classic of royal publishing.

©2018 Hugo Vickers (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Proof!

Summary

An eye-opening narrative of how geometric principles fundamentally shaped our world

One night in 1661, Nicholas Fouquet, a superintendent under Louis XIV, was arrested. His crime was peculiar: He had dared to construct a grand geometrical garden. In doing so, he violated an irrefutable hierarchy: that geometry, in its perfection, was a testament to divine right. The elegant, symmetrical designs were more than just ornament; they were proofs of incontestable certainty, and thus the authority to rule. But how did the French royalty fall in love with this peculiar landscape design? Wherefore Versailles?

In Proof!, the award-winning historian Amir Alexander argues that Euclidean geometry has been uniquely responsible for how our societies are structured. It has shaped how our cities are built and been used as a rationale to explain political structures. The proofs in Euclid's Elements were not only just true, but were certain by reason alone. Alexander tracks the rediscovery of Euclidean geometry in 15th-century Italy and recounts the French royalty's centuries-long love affair with geometrical gardening, which acted as a visual symbol of the king's consolidation of power during a time of violence and upheaval, and which culminated with the gardens at Versailles. Proof! tells the monumental story of the geometries that were carved into our world, the beliefs they supported, and the ways they shape our lives to this day.

©2019 Amir Alexander (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Jonathan Ross
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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How History Gets Things Wrong

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Why we learn the wrong things from narrative history, and how our love for stories is hard-wired. To understand something, you need to know its history. Right? Wrong, says Alex Rosenberg in How History Gets Things Wrong. Feeling especially well-informed after reading a book of popular history on the best-seller list? Don't. Narrative history is always, always wrong. It not just incomplete or inaccurate but deeply wrong, as wrong as Ptolemaic astronomy. We no longer believe that the earth is the center of the universe. Why do we still believe in historical narrative? Our attachment to history as a vehicle for understanding has a long Darwinian pedigree and a genetic basis. Our love of stories is hard-wired. Neuroscience reveals that human evolution shaped a tool useful for survival into a defective theory of human nature.  Stories historians tell, Rosenberg continues, are not only wrong but harmful. Israel and Palestine, for example, have dueling narratives of dispossession that prevent one side from compromising with the other. Henry Kissinger applied lessons drawn from the Congress of Vienna to American foreign policy with disastrous results. Human evolution improved primate mind reading - the ability to anticipate the behavior of others, whether predators, prey, or cooperators - to get us to the top of the African food chain. Now, however, this hard-wired capacity makes us think we can understand history - what the Kaiser was thinking in 1914, why Hitler declared war on the United States - by uncovering the narratives of what happened and why. In fact, Rosenberg argues, we will only understand history if we don't make it into a story.

©2018 Brilliance Audio, Inc.by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Mikael Naramore
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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100+1 Trivia Questions with Interesting Facts: General Knowledge

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Are you looking for a fun way to spend your evening with your friends and also learn something new and interesting?    You don't have to spend money and go to a pub quiz or any trivia questions event! You can enjoy your own pub quiz trivia questions event right at your home!   Do you know what country has the highest number of castles and chateaux per capita in the world?  Do you know what is the name of a famous actor, who, after coming back from Navy, he started working as a lorry driver, a laborer, a model, and a coffin washer?  Did you know, there are three times as many sheep as citizens living in Australia?     Discover these and many other interesting facts in this entertaining audiobook.     Get your friends and family together, and enjoy a wonderful evening! Who will win?  

©2019 Michael Harris (P)2019 Michael Harris

Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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How the West Won

7 ratings

Summary

Modernity developed only in the West - in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars avoid it. But acclaimed author Rodney Stark provides the answers in this sweeping new look at Western civilization. How the West Won demonstrates the primacy of uniquely Western ideas - among them the belief in free will, the commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, the notion that the universe functions according to rational rules that can be discovered, and the emphasis on human freedom and secure property rights. How the West Won displays Stark's gifts for lively narrative history and making the latest scholarship accessible to all. This bold, insightful book will force you to rethink your understanding of the West and the birth of modernity - and to recognize that Western civilization really has set itself apart from other cultures.

©2014 Rodney Stark (P)2014 Tantor

Narrator: Kevin Foley
Author: Rodney Stark
Category: History, World
Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Norse Mythology: Gods, Heroes and the Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology (Norse Myths - Norse Gods - Viking Mythology - Viking Gods - Thor - Loki - Odin - ... - Egyptian - Mythology Trilogy Book 2)

Summary

Norse Mythology is not only a relic of history but a fascinating record that exhibits humanities unending stream of creativity. This audiobook delves into the past and emerges with a legion of breath taking accounts of events, gods, heroes, creatures, worlds, and much more.  Inside you will learn about...  Gods and Goddesses  The Nine Worlds  Heroes and Legends  Mythological Creatures  Ten Little Known Facts about Norse Mythology Whether you are a helpless fan of Norse Mythology or one of history this book will serve you in more ways than one. As the content is sourced from translations of the Old Norse literature, this will give you an authoritative insight in to the pre-Christian society of Europe.

©2015 Stephan Weaver (P)2017 Stephan Weaver

Narrator: D. Michael Hope
Category: History, World
Length: 58 mins
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White Cargo

3 ratings

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White Cargo is the forgotten story of the thousands of Britons who lived and died in bondage in Britain's American colonies.   In the 17th and 18th centuries, more than 300,000 white people were shipped to America as slaves. Urchins were swept up from London's streets to labor in the tobacco fields, where life expectancy was no more than two years. Brothels were raided to provide "breeders" for Virginia. Hopeful migrants were duped into signing as indentured servants, unaware they would become personal property who could be bought, sold, and even gambled away. Transported convicts were paraded for sale like livestock.   Drawing on letters crying for help, diaries, and court and government archives, Don Jordan and Michael Walsh demonstrate that the brutalities usually associated with black slavery alone were perpetrated on whites throughout British rule. The trade ended with American independence, but the British still tried to sell convicts in their former colonies, which prompted one of the most audacious plots in Anglo-American history.

©2007 Don Jordan and Michael Walsh (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Roger Clark
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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The Cold War: History in an Hour

3 ratings

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History for busy people. The Cold War: History in an Hour gives a brilliant overview of the unusual and non-violent war between East and West that lasted nearly fifty years.From the end of World War Two to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 the world lived within the shadow of the Cold War. Russia and America eyed each other with suspicion and hostility. World War Two was too recent to be forgotten and a nuclear Third World War remained a distinct possibility. Post-war Europe was being rebuilt and Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt had to find a way to work together for peace.The Cold War: History in an Hour will help you understand the dynamics of the politics of the time and how Europe and the rest of the world rebuilt themselves after World War Two.Love your history? Find out about the world with History in an Hour…

©2012 Rupert Colley (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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The Third Horseman

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How a seven-year cycle of rain, cold, disease, and warfare created the worst famine in European history. In May 1315 it started to rain. It didn't stop anywhere in north Europe until August. Next came the four coldest winters in a millennium. Two separate animal epidemics killed nearly 80 percent of northern Europe's livestock. Wars between Scotland and England, France and Flanders, and two rival claimants to the Holy Roman Empire destroyed all remaining farmland. After seven years, the combination of lost harvests, warfare, and pestilence would claim six million lives - one eighth of Europe's total population. William Rosen draws on a wide array of disciplines, from military history to feudal law to agricultural economics and climatology, to trace the succession of traumas that caused the Great Famine. With dramatic appearances by Scotland's William Wallace, the luckless Edward II, and his treacherous Queen Isabella, history's best documented episode of catastrophic climate change comes alive, with powerful implications for future calamities.

©2014 William Rosen (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

Narrator: William Hughes
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Horse of a Different Color

2 ratings

Summary

In the early 1920s, cowboy and dry-range farmer Ralph Moody finds himself with mountainous debts through the collapse of the livestock market and the dealings of a crooked partner. Ralph never surrenders, but finds a way to turn tragedy into opportunity.

©1966 Ralph Moody (P)2002 Books in Motion

Narrator: Cameron Beierle
Author: Ralph Moody
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Blood on the River

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A breathtakingly original work of history that uncovers a massive enslaved persons’ revolt that almost changed the face of the Americas On Sunday, February 27, 1763, thousands of slaves in the Dutch colony of Berbice - in present-day Guyana - launched a massive rebellion that came amazingly close to succeeding. Surrounded by jungle and savannah, the revolutionaries (many of them African-born) and Europeans struck and parried for an entire year. In the end, the Dutch prevailed because of one unique advantage - their ability to get soldiers and supplies from neighboring colonies and from Europe. Blood on the River is the explosive story of this little-known revolution, one that almost changed the face of the Americas. Drawing on 900 interrogation transcripts collected by the Dutch when the Berbice rebellion finally collapsed, and which were subsequently buried in Dutch archives, historian Marjoleine Kars reconstructs an extraordinarily rich day-by-day account of this pivotal event. Blood on the River provides a rare in-depth look at the political vision of enslaved people at the dawn of the Age of Revolution and introduces us to a set of real characters, vividly drawn against the exotic tableau of a riverine world of plantations, rain forest, and Carib allies who controlled a vast South American hinterland. An astonishing original work of history, Blood on the River will change our understanding of revolutions, slavery, and the story of freedom in the New World. 

©2020 Marjoleine Kars (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Shayna Small
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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The Roma

1 rating

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“We are all wanderers on this earth. Our hearts are full of wonder, and our souls are deep with dreams.” (Old Romani proverb) In the 21st century, cultural differences and individuality are often celebrated and protected across much of the world, and given society's conscientious awareness of such phenomena, it is, therefore, all the more surprising when considering the ignorance or indifference that the world, at large, exhibits toward the Romani people.  Otherwise known as the “Roma” or by their popular misnomer “the gypsies”, the members of this highly undervalued and grossly misrepresented community have long been considered outcasts.  More often than not, the Romani are branded by even those who fancy themselves liberals as “pikeys”, “gyppos”, and “gips”. There's also a regrettably common term “gypped” meaning “to cheat, or swindle” which perpetuates the damaging stereotype that the Roma are dishonest nuisances and societal pests.  Even well-intentioned attempts to shine the spotlight on the community have sometimes been counterproductive, for they are often reduced to no more than exotic, whimsical entertainers for the privileged.  According to a shocking email authored by an anonymous whistleblower in 2012, the staff at the Laurieston Job Center in Glasgow's Southside regularly referred to their Romani customers as “gypos, scum, beggars, suicide bombers, thieves, and pedophiles”. The whistleblower cited the staff's disturbing comments regarding an unnamed Romani woman who had brought her two children along to the job center: “The staff were all joking and saying they should sanction her for claiming whilst pimping out her kids. They then went on to make horrible remarks about the children, saying they were "mongs". On August 5th of the same year, over 700 far-right “activists” stormed the heavily Romani-populated Hungarian village of Devescer. “Gypsy criminals,” the mob chanted as they hurled rocks, paving stones, and other projectiles at the homes of their prey. “We will set your homes on fire. You will burn inside your homes!” The police, who were called to the scene, supposedly stood on the sidelines with their arms crossed, unwilling to intervene.       The dangerous blanket statements issued by various European politicians in the past and recent years are also a cause for concern. In 1992, Bert Karlsson, a prominent member of the Swedish New Democracy Party, claimed that “Gypsies [were] responsible for 90 percent of crime against senior citizens”. In June 2008, the conservative Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ordered the fingerprinting of the 150,000 Romani, children included, as a way to crack down on street crime. In France, political parties from either end of the spectrum have blamed the Romani for the nation's problems, economic and otherwise. The gypsies, asserted one interior minister, were responsible for one in every 10 crimes.  It’s fair to wonder why the abhorrent treatment of the Romani continues to slip below the radar of many social justice warriors, particularly in this age of globalization. This is all the more confounding given that many are aware of the ways the Roma have been persecuted over several centuries, most notoriously during the holocaust. 

©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Bill Hare
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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Five Presidents

8 ratings

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A rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November. Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his 17 years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era - the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon. Some of his stunning, never-before-revealed anecdotes include: Eisenhower's reaction to Russian prime minister Khrushchev's refusal to talk following the U-2 incident The torture of watching himself in the Zapruder film in a Secret Service training Johnson's virtual imprisonment in the White House during violent anti-Vietnam protests His decision to place White House files under protection after a midnight phone call about Watergate The challenges of protecting Ford after he pardoned Nixon With a unique insider's perspective, Hill sheds new light on the characters and personalities of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions.

©2016 Hill McCubbin, LLC. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Narrator: George Newbern
Category: History, World
Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

3 ratings

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Why do otherwise intelligent individuals form seething masses of idiocy when they engage in collective action? Why do financially sensible people jump lemming-like into hare-brained speculative frenzies - only to jump broker-like out of windows when their fantasies dissolve? We may think that the Great Crash of 1929, junk bonds of the '80s, and over-valued high-tech stocks of the '90s are peculiarly 20th century aberrations, but Mackay's classic - first published in 1841 - shows that the madness and confusion of crowds knows no limits, and has no temporal bounds. These are extraordinarily illuminating, and, unfortunately, entertaining tales of chicanery, greed and naiveté. Essential for any student of human nature or the transmission of ideas.

©2015 Gildan Media, LLC (P)2015 Gildan Media LLC

Narrator: Grover Gardner
Category: History, World
Length: 27 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Atlantis, the Antediluvian World

2 ratings

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Atlantis: The Antediluvian World was published in 1882 by the Minnesotan author Ignatius L. Donnelly. He argues that all known ancient civilizations were descended from this lost land which once existed in the Atlantic Ocean, opposite the Mediterranean Sea. The author claimed that the description of this island given by Plato is not fable, but veritable history.

Public Domain (P)2018 Museum Audiobooks

Category: History, World
Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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A History of the Twentieth Century

2 ratings

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Martin Gilbert, author of the multivolume biography of Winston Churchill and other brilliant works of history, chronicles world events year by year, from the dawn of aviation to the flourishing technology age, taking us through World War I to the inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt as president of the United States and Hider as chancellor of Germany. He continues on to document wars in South Africa, China, Ethiopia, Spain, Korea, Vietnam, and Bosnia, as well as apartheid, the arms race, the moon landing, and the beginnings of the computer age, while interspersing the influence of art, literature, music, and religion throughout this vivid work. A rich, textured look at war, celebration, suffering, life, death, and renewal in the century gone by, this volume is nothing less than extraordinary.

©2001 Martin Gilbert (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: John Curless
Category: History, World
Length: 29 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Hitlers furier

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Det traditionelle billede af de tyske kvinder som trofaste hustruer, der passede hjemmefronten, blegner ved Wendy Lowers Hitlers furier, en rystende beretning om de 500.000 unge tyske kvinder, som befandt sig på Østfronten, hvor de bevidnede og deltog i nazisternes folkemord under Anden Verdenskrig. Disse unge kvinder - sygeplejersker, sekretærer, hustruer og elskerinder - så det fremvoksende nazi-imperiums østfront som et sted med rige karriere- og ægteskabsmuligheder, men forestillede sig næppe, hvad de ville komme til at se og gøre der. "Hitlers furier" tegner et billede af en - i moralsk forstand - fortabt generation af unge kvinder, der blev født i et kaotisk Tyskland efter nederlaget i Første Verdenskrig og blev grebet af den nationalistiske begejstringsbølge i den nazistiske bevægelse. På baggrund af 20 års holocauststudier, adgang til hidtil ukendt materiale fra russiske arkiver og interviews med overlevende tyske vidner viser Wendy Lower, at disse kvinder var andet og mere end bare skrivebordsmordere og behageligt fritidsselskab for de tyske mænd. Hun fortæller, hvordan de tog del i mishandlingen af jøder i ghettoerne i Polen, Ukraine og Hviderusland, at de var vidner til massakrer, hvor de ikke bare serverede forfriskninger, men også tog deres tørn i massenedskydningerne. Og som det måske mest skræmmende fortæller hun om SS-hustruer og småbørnsmødre, hvis brutalitet og grusomhed ikke står tilbage for særlig meget i verdenshistorien. "Hitlers furier" var nomineret til den amerikanske National Book Award for Nonfiction 2013.

©2017 Lindhardt og Ringhof. Translated by Anders Nygaard (P)2017 Lindhardt og Ringhof

Author: Wendy Lower
Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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The Great Warming

1 rating

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A breakout best seller on how the earth's previous global warming phase reshaped human societies from the Arctic to the Sahara. From the 10th to the 15th centuries, the earth experienced a rise in surface temperature that changed climate worldwide, a preview of today's global warming. In some areas, including Western Europe, longer summers brought bountiful harvests and population growth that led to cultural flowering. In the Arctic, Inuit and Norse sailors made cultural connections across thousands of miles as they traded precious iron goods. Polynesian sailors, riding new wind patterns, were able to settle the remotest islands on earth. But in many parts of the world, the warm centuries brought drought and famine. Elaborate societies in western and Central America collapsed, and the vast building complexes of Chaco Canyon and the Mayan Yucatn were left empty. The history of the Great Warming of a half millennium ago suggests that we may yet be underestimating the power of climate change to disrupt our lives today - and our vulnerability to drought, writes Fagan, is the silent elephant in the room.

©2009 Brian Fagan (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Author: Brian Fagan
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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The Fun Knowledge Encyclopedia Volume 2: The Crazy Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts

Summary

Facts. The world just seems to revolve around them, and you never know for sure where they will lead you next. From discovering who actually invented glue, to what various words or names mean, the whole world would be a more boring place if it were not for different facts. You probably even know someone who always has some cool piece of knowledge that blows your mind. Perhaps you wish that you had some of those nuggets of information at your own disposal. Our encyclopedia is crammed full of those small pieces of information that will suddenly make the world seem like a more logical place to live. Covering a wide array of both topics as well as categories, you never know where our audiobook of facts is going to take you next. From fun-based ideas to those that are more serious alongside those things that just make you sit up and think, "Wow, I never knew that!" You will ultimately become that person that always seems to have those cool points that they can just throw into any conversation. So, sit back and enjoy the journey that you are about to go on with hours of facts that will hit every part of you. Easy to follow and interest around every corner, this encyclopedia is the kind of audiobook you have always been looking for, and if it’s not, then there will more than likely be some fact that would explain to you why that is the case.

©2018 LAK Publishing (P)2018 LAK Publishing

Narrator: Rob Maxwell
Author: Bill O'Neill
Category: History, World
Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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The Intellectual Devotional: American History

Summary

Modeled after those bedside books of prayer and contemplation that millions turn to for daily spiritual guidance and growth, the national best-seller The Intellectual Devotional, offering secular wisdom and cerebral nourishment, drew a year's worth of readings from seven different fields of knowledge. In this follow-up volume, authors David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim have turned to the rich legacy of American history for their selections. From Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin to Martin Luther King Jr., from the Federalist Papers to Watergate, the giant figures, cultural touchstones, and pivotal events in our national heritage provide a bountiful source of reflection and education that will refresh knowledge, revitalize the mind, and open new horizons of intellectual discovery.

©2007 TID Volumes, LLC (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

Category: History, World
Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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The Man Who Loved China

1 rating

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In sumptuous and illuminating detail, Simon Winchester, the best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman ("Elegant and scrupulous" - New York Times Book Review) and Krakatoa ("A mesmerizing page-turner" - Time) brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, long the world's most technologically advanced country. No cloistered don, this tall, married Englishman was a freethinking intellectual, who practiced nudism and was devoted to a quirky brand of folk dancing. In 1937, while working as a biochemist at Cambridge University, he instantly fell in love with a visiting Chinese student, with whom he began a lifelong affair. He soon became fascinated with China, and his mistress swiftly persuaded the ever-enthusiastic Needham to travel to her home country, where he embarked on a series of extraordinary expeditions to the farthest frontiers of this ancient empire. He searched everywhere for evidence to bolster his conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of mankind's most familiar innovations - including printing, the compass, explosives, suspension bridges, even toilet paper - often centuries before the rest of the world. His thrilling and dangerous journeys, vividly recreated by Winchester, took him across war-torn China to far-flung outposts, consolidating his deep admiration for the Chinese people. After the war, Needham was determined to tell the world what he had discovered, and began writing his majestic Science and Civilisation in China, describing the country's long and astonishing history of invention and technology. By the time he died, he had produced, essentially single-handedly, 17 immense volumes, marking him as the greatest one-man encyclopedist ever. Both epic and intimate, The Man Who Loved China tells the sweeping story of China through Needham's remarkable life. Here is an unforgettable tale of what makes men, nations, and, indeed, mankind itself great - related by one of the world's inimitable storytellers.

©2008 Simon Winchester (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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World War Two: History in an Hour

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History for busy people. Listen to a succinct history of World War Two in just one hour.World War Two was one of the most devastating conflicts the world has ever seen. Between 1939 and 1945 almost every country in the world was affected by the war in some way.World War Two: History in an Hour neatly covers all the major facts and events giving you a clear and straightforward overview of the politics involved, the violence that ensued and how it changed the world in unimaginable ways. World War Two: History in an Hour is engagingly written and accessible for all history lovers.Love your history? Find out about the world with History in an Hour…

©2012 Rupert Colley (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Os axiomas de Zurique [The Axioms of Zurich]

1 rating

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O sistema bancário suíço é um dos mais ricos do mundo. Milionários de todos os continentes aplicam dinheiro no país, não só pelo anonimato oferecido por suas instituições financeiras, mas também pela rentabilidade obtida pelos banqueiros da Suíça. Max Gunther revela os segredos de um grupo exclusivo de homens que, depois da Segunda Guerra Mundial, resolveu ganhar dinheiro investindo em várias frentes: de ações a imóveis, de commodities a moedas estrangeiras. Ganharam muito e transformaram a Suíça em um dos países mais abastados. O autor apresenta as regras e princípios infalíveis que esses banqueiros estabeleceram para diminuir riscos e aumentar lucros. Com este audiolivro, você poderá alcançará resultados impressionantes em todos os seus investimentos.  Please note: This audiobook is in Portuguese.

©1980; 1985; 2016 Max Gunther; Isaac Piltcher, Editora Best Seller Ltda. (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Author: Max Gunther
Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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The Oregon Trail

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In the best-selling tradition of Bill Bryson and Tony Horwitz, Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail is a major work of participatory history: an epic account of traveling the entire 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules - which hasn't been done in a century - that also tells the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country. Spanning 2,000 miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. In the 15 years before the Civil War, when 400,000 pioneers used it to emigrate West - historians still regard this as the largest land migration of all time - the trail united the coasts, doubled the size of the country, and laid the groundwork for the railroads. The trail years also solidified the American character: our plucky determination in the face of adversity, our impetuous cycle of financial bubbles and busts, the fractious clash of ethnic populations competing for the same jobs and space. Today, amazingly, the trail is all but forgotten. Rinker Buck is no stranger to grand adventures. The New Yorker described his first travel narrative, Flight of Passage, as "a funny, cocky gem of a book", and with The Oregon Trail he seeks to bring the most important road in American history back to life. At once a majestic American journey, a significant work of history, and a personal saga reminiscent of best sellers by Bill Bryson and Cheryl Strayed, the book tells the story of Buck's 2,000-mile expedition across the plains with tremendous humor and heart. He was accompanied by three cantankerous mules,;his boisterous brother, Nick; and an "incurably filthy" Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl. Includes an extended behind-the-scenes conversation with author/narrator Rinker Buck with his brother and trail companion, Nick Buck.

©2015 Rinker Buck (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Rinker Buck
Author: Rinker Buck
Category: History, World
Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
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The Age of Gold

5 ratings

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By the author of the best-selling Pulitzer Prize finalist  The first American - they went west to change their lives and in the bargain they changed the world. This is the extraordinary story of the men and women of the Gold Rush.  When gold was first discovered on the American River above Sutter's Fort in January 1848, California was sparsely populated frontier territory not yet ceded to the United States from Mexixo. The discovery triggered a massive influx as hundreds of thousands of people scrambled to California in search of riches, braving dangerous journeys across the Pacific, around Cape Horn, and through the Isthmus of Panama, as well as across America's vast, unsettled wilderness.  Cities sprang up overnight, in response to the demand for supplies and services of all kinds. By 1850, California had become a state - the fastest journey to statehood in US history. It had also become a symbol of what America stood for and of where it was going.  In The Age of Gold, H. W. Brands explores the far-reaching implications of this pivotal point in U.S. history, weaving the politics of the times with the gripping stories of individuals that displays both the best and the worse of the American character. He discusses the national issues that exploded around the ratification of California's statehood, hastening the clouds that would lead to the Civil War.  He tells the stories of the great fortunes made by such memorable figures as John and Jessie Fremont, Leland Stanford and George Hearst - and of great fortunes lost by hundreds now forgotten by history. And he reveals the profound effect of the Gold Rush on the way Americans viewed their destinies, as the Puritan ethic of hard work and the gradual accumulation of worldly riches gave way to the notion of getting rich quickly. 

©2002 H.W. Brands (P)2002 Books On Tape, Inc.

Narrator: Grover Gardner
Author: H.W. Brands
Category: History, World
Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
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Age of Discovery

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Age of Discovery, then pay attention.... The Age of Discovery began in the early part of the 15th century and carried on through most of the 17th century. It is sometimes also referred to as the Age of Exploration. This was a time when the people of Europe began to travel, discover, and explore more of the world than ever before, mapping and naming the places they found. They bravely went out on the seas to learn about the world, often never sure if they would find anything at all, let alone ever return home.  The explorations made during this time would impact the shape of the world going forward in many ways. Colonization, trade, and education all changed due to the expansion of the known world, as well as international relationships.  In Age of Discovery: A Captivating Guide to an Era of Exploration in European History, Including Discoveries Such as Christopher Columbus’ Voyages to the Americas and Vasco da Gama’s Sea Route to India, you will discover topics such as: Prince Henry the Navigator Bartolomeu Dias Vasco da Gama Albuquerque Christopher Columbus The Latter Voyages of Christopher Columbus Amerigo Vespucci Ponce de León Diogo Lopes de Sequeira Hernán Cortés Ferdinand Magellan John Cabot The Younger Columbus The Laws of Burgos Jacques Cartier Francisco Vázquez de Coronado Francis Drake Walter Raleigh and the Two Failed Colonies The East India Trading Company The Jamestown Colony The Pilgrims of the Mayflower The Dutch East India Company Food, Agriculture, and Livestock Disease, Slavery, and Religion And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Age of Discovery, scroll up and buy now!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, World
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Moon Shot

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On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, and the space race was born. Desperate to beat the Russians into space, NASA put together a crew of the nation's most daring test pilots: the seven men who were to lead America to the moon. The first into space was Alan Shepard; the last was Deke Slayton, whose irregular heartbeat kept him grounded until 1975. They spent the 1960s at the forefront of NASA's effort to conquer space, and Moon Shot is their inside account of what many call the 20th century's greatest feat - landing humans on another world. Collaborating with NBC's veteran space reporter Jay Barbree, Shepard, and Slayton narrate, in gripping detail, the story of America's space exploration from the time of Shepard's first flight until he and 11 others had walked on the moon.

©2011 Alan Shepard, Deke Slayton, and Jay Barbree (P)2019 Tantor

Category: History, World
Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Alan Dershowitz and Natan Sharansky on Peace in the Middle East at the 92nd Street Y

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In the wake of events that raise new hopes for peace in the Middle East, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and former Israeli Minister Natan Sharansky discuss the possibilities and pitfalls that lie ahead. Dershowitz is the author of The Case for Peace, the sequel to his bestselling The Case for Israel. Sharansky is a former Soviet dissident and political prisoner who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Freedom for his struggle against tyranny. Sharansky is the author of the best seller The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror.This event took place on September 25, 2005.

©2005 92 nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association (P)2005 92 nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association

Narrator: Natan Sharansky
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites

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The work of archaeologists has commanded worldwide attention and captivated the human imagination since the earliest days of exploration, with groundbreaking discoveries such as the treasures of ancient Egypt, the lost kingdoms of the Maya, and the fabled city of Troy. Archaeology brings us face-to-face with our distant ancestors, with treasures of the past, and with life as it was lived in long-ago civilizations. Despite the fascinating and often romantic appeal of archaeology, many of us have little idea of what the field actually involves. What, exactly, do archaeologists do? What takes place on an archaeological dig? And how does the reality of the work differ from what we see in Indiana Jones movies? Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites, taught by renowned archaeologist and National Geographic Explorer Eric H. Cline, answers these questions and more in rich and provocative detail. These 24 thrilling lectures, produced in partnership with National Geographic, introduces you to over 20 of the most significant and enthralling archaeological sites on the planet, providing both in-depth looks at the sites themselves and an insider's view of the history, science, and technology of archaeology. Prepare yourself for a vivid and detailed exploration of archaeology's most magnificent discoveries in the company of an expert archaeologist with decades of experience in the field.

©2016 The Great Courses (P)2016 The Teaching Company, LLC

Narrator: Eric H. Cline
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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Rise of the Novel

Summary

Thousands of novels are published around the world every year. There are so many readily available, it would take multiple lifetimes for a single person to even read a fraction of them. But it hasn’t always been that way.  While humans have always been storytellers, the novel as we recognize it today is a relatively new art form in the timeline of human culture. Of all the ways we tell stories, why has the novel become such a perennial favorite? How did the novel go from a narrative experiment with a low-brow reputation to a cultural touchstone and focal point of modern literature?  In the 24 lectures of Rise of the Novel, you will take a journey from the birth of the novel to the height of the form in the mid-19th century - and better understand what this literary form can tell us about human nature and our unquenchable thirst for great stories. With Professor Emeritus Leo Damrosch of Harvard University as your guide, you will dive into some of the most notable works that helped create and shape the novel over the course of more than three centuries, looking at the social and historical influences that coincided with shifts in literary taste along the way.  Beginning with Don Quixote - held up by many scholars as the foundational text from which the novel form would spring - Professor Damrosch will lead you through works both tragic and comic, brief and diffuse, epic and domestic. From early works like La Princesse de Clèves and Robinson Crusoe to pinnacles of the form in the 19th century such as Emma and Middlemarch - along with a few novels that are less familiar today but well worth knowing - you will dive into works with different perspectives and intentions that have all impacted our culture in their own way.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 The Great Courses (P)2020 The Teaching Company, LLC

Narrator: Leo Damrosch
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Scars of Independence

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A magisterial new work that rewrites the story of America's founding The American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire. It's a stirring narrative, and one the founders did their best to encourage after the war. But as historian Holger Hoock shows in this deeply researched and elegantly written account of America’s founding, the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles, but also a profoundly violent civil war—one that shaped the nation, and the British Empire, in ways we have only begun to understand. In Scars of Independence, Hoock writes the violence back into the story of the Revolution. American Patriots persecuted and tortured Loyalists. British troops massacred enemy soldiers and raped colonial women. Prisoners were starved on disease-ridden ships and in subterranean cells. African-Americans fighting for or against independence suffered disproportionately, and Washington's army waged a genocidal campaign against the Iroquois. In vivid, authoritative prose, Hoock's new reckoning also examines the moral dilemmas posed by this all-pervasive violence, as the British found themselves torn between unlimited war and restraint toward fellow subjects, while the Patriots documented war crimes in an ingenious effort to unify the fledgling nation. For two centuries we have whitewashed this history of the Revolution. Scars of Independence forces a more honest appraisal, revealing the inherent tensions between moral purpose and violent tendencies in America's past. In so doing, it offers a new origins story that is both relevant and necessary—an important reminder that forging a nation is rarely bloodless.

©2017 Holger Hoock (P)2017 Random House Audio

Narrator: Scott Brick
Author: Holger Hoock
Category: History, World
Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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100 of the Worst Ideas in History

Summary

They are priceless, multifaceted jewels of misjudgment. Masterworks of the moronic. Steroid-juiced stupidity wearing a size 9XX dunce cap embroidered with one simple word: “Duh”. They are the colossally, often laughably bad notions that have leapt from the short-circuiting synapses of some of the world’s brightest (and dimmest) brains, then faithfully chronicled here in 100 of the Worst Ideas in History. On this rollicking romp through the bungles and stumbles of the distant and recent past, we’ll meet the US President who starts each day skinny-dipping in the Potomac. Drink in the dental hygiene product that actually rots your teeth. Get an earful of the hit singing group that can’t really sing. Meet the confused chauffeur who helped start a world war. Munch on the tasty new snack food that might just give you diarrhea. Review a dozen of the worst movies ever committed to celluloid. Plus so much more (of so much less).  Prescribing a double shot of Clorox to kill a viral infection? That’s a run-of-the-mill noggin-scratcher compared to these stupendously stinky ideas - ones that have started wars, sunk countries, wrecked companies, scuttled careers, lost millions, endangered the Earth and left the bad idea’s mommy or daddy as red-faced as, well, your mom or dad will be when they learn that you like to dress your pit bull as one of the Backstreet Boys. It's all here for your listening pleasure: The magical, musical, audiobook 100 of the Worst Ideas in History. (Void if inhibited. Batteries not included. Action figures sold separately. Your mileage may vary. If excitement last more than four hours, please consult your psychiatrist).

©2014 Michael N. Smith and Eric Kasum (P)2021 Michael N. Smith and Eric Kasum

Category: History, World
Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Patria 2

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El valor, como el miedo, son contagiosos. De uno y otro lado los defensores y los atacantes realizan hazañas sorprendentes. Si, en el caso del ejército francés, su notable disciplina les da ventaja, en el caso mexicano los oficiales y suboficiales que combaten en la primera línea dan una consistencia enorme a la defensa. González Ortega añade: “Los vi serenos en medio de los fuegos, a unos a pecho descubierto y a otros en los muros que se les habían enco - mendado, esperando el empuje del invasor”. Ha pasado la revolución que tiró a Santa Anna, la Constitución del 57, la Guerra de Reforma y la intervención extranjera. El ejército francés avanza hacia el interior de México. En este segundo tomo se dará noticia de las tremendas batallas de Puebla, la caída de la Ciudad de México y del gobierno errante de Juárez. Será la historia del nacimiento de la chinaca, la guerra de guerrillas y la resistencia a ultranza contra los franceses. Patria cuenta 15 años de lucha por la libertad. Tras una década de investigación, en esta magnífica obra Paco Ignacio Taibo II retrata uno de los periodos más decisivos y fundacionales de nuestra historia nacional y consigue traernos un pasado que ilumina el presente. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2017 Paco Ignacio Taibo II (P)2019 Editorial Planeta México

Category: History, World
Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Lost Kingdoms of Central America

Summary

Thousands of years ago, people settled in the part of the world called Mesoamerica. This region consists of southern Mexico and most of Central America as it stretches between what is now called the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. Although many different countries now exist within this space, it was the original home to just one civilisation: the Olmec. As time advanced, other well-known groups became dominant in the area. These were primarily the Aztecs and the Mayan. All these early civilizations that existed from approximately 1200 BCE to 900 CE were steeped with culture, tradition, commerce, and conflict. They also offer many mysteries and enigmas to modern understanding. These are the things that make people wonder about how the civilisations arose, gained such power, and why they disappeared. Travel back in time to the first days to discover the questions that still exist in the minds of archaeologists, historians, and others who strive to understand the ancient mysteries of Mesoamerica.

©2020 DTTV Publications (P)2021 DTTV Publications

Narrator: Pablo Milla
Author: Norah Romney
Category: History, World
Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Eureka

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In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind. Henry Lawson wrote poems about it, its symbolic flag is still raised, and even the nineteenth-century visitor Mark Twain called it: "a strike for liberty". Was this rebellion a fledgling nation’s first attempt to assert its independence under colonial rule? Or was it merely rabble-rousing by unruly miners determined not to pay their taxes? In his inimitable style, Peter FitzSimons gets into the hearts and minds of those on the battlefield, and those behind the scenes, bringing to life Australian legends on both sides of the rebellion.

©2012 Peter FitzSimons (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Robert Meldrum
Category: History, World
Length: 22 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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American Moonshot

6 ratings

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A 2020 Audie Awards winner - history/biography As the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing approaches, the award-winning historian and perennial New York Times best-selling author takes a fresh look at the space program, President John F. Kennedy’s inspiring challenge, and America’s race to the moon. “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win.” (President John F. Kennedy) On May 25, 1961, JFK made an astonishing announcement: his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In this engrossing, fast-paced epic, Douglas Brinkley returns to the 1960s to recreate one of the most exciting and ambitious achievements in the history of humankind. American Moonshot brings together the extraordinary political, cultural, and scientific factors that fueled the birth and development of NASA and the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo projects, which shot the US to victory in the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.  Drawing on new primary source material and major interviews with many of the surviving figures who were key to America’s success, Brinkley brings this fascinating history to life as never before. American Moonshot is a portrait of the brilliant men and women who made this giant leap possible, the technology that enabled us to propel men beyond earth’s orbit to the moon and return them safely, and the geopolitical tensions that spurred Kennedy to commit himself fully to this audacious dream. Brinkley’s ensemble cast of New Frontier characters include rocketeer Wernher von Braun, astronaut John Glenn, and space booster Lyndon Johnson. A vivid and enthralling chronicle of one of the most thrilling, hopeful, and turbulent eras in the nation’s history, American Moonshot is an homage to scientific ingenuity, human curiosity, and the boundless American spirit. 

©2019 Douglas Brinkley (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Category: History, World
Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age

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The study of Western Civilization traditionally follows a well-known but incomplete arc: the grand achievements of Greece and Rome, several hundred years of the Dark Ages, and then the bright emergence of the European Renaissance. But amid the "dark" Middle Ages, the Abbasid Empire, which ruled the Middle East as well as much of Northern Africa and Central Asia from 750 to 1258, serves as a vitally important but often overlooked bridge between the ancient and modern worlds. The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age is your opportunity to get to know the story and the accomplishments of this great period in human civilization. Taught by acclaimed lecturer Eamonn Gearon, these 24 remarkable lectures offer brilliant insights into an era too often overlooked by traditional history textbooks. You'll meet a wealth of scholars, scientists, poets, and philosophers who paved the way for the Renaissance and continue to affect our world in surprising ways. For instance, gain insights into: The origins of the scientific method, along with the development of algebra, chemistry, physics, and astronomy as discrete fields of inquiry The invention of the modern "teaching hospital" and a medical encyclopedia that served Europe for the next 600 years The preservation and translation of the world's great literature, from the Hadith (or sayings of Muhammad) to the master works of Greece and Rome Ontological philosophy that served future Jewish, Christian, and Muslim theologians concerned with the nature of God and the relationship between faith and reason It is nearly impossible to overstate the power and importance of this crucial 500-year history, headquartered in Baghdad but stretching around the world. While much of Europe was quietly passing the time, the Abbasid Empire was an international, multicultural hub of trade, travel, education, art, science, and much more. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2017 The Great Courses

Narrator: Eamonn Gearon
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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A Concise History of the Rise and Fall of the Mongolian Empire

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The Mongol Empire emerged from the unification of Mongol and Turkic tribes of historical Mongolia under the leadership of Genghis Khan. Genghis Khan was proclaimed ruler of all Mongols in 1206. The empire grew rapidly under his rule and then under the rule of his descendants, who sent invasions in every direction. The vast transcontinental empire which connected the east with the west with an enforced Pax Mongolica allowed trade, technologies, commodities and ideologies to be disseminated and exchanged across Eurasia. The empire began to split as a result of wars over succession, as the grandchildren of Genghis Khan disputed whether the royal line should follow from Genghis's son and initial heir Ögedei, or one of his other sons such as Tolui, Chagatai, or Jochi. The Toluids prevailed after a bloody purge of Ögedeid and Chagataid factions, but disputes continued even among the descendants of Tolui. After Möngke Khan died, rival kurultai councils would simultaneously elect different successors, the brothers Ariq Böke and Kublai, who then not only had to defy each other, but also deal with challenges from descendants of other of Genghis's sons.

©2013 Henry Epps (P)2014 Henry Epps

Category: History, World
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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The Victorian Internet

5 ratings

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The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before or since, and its story mirrors and predicts that of the Internet in numerous ways.

©1998 Tom Standage. Afterword Copyright 2007 by Tom Standage. Afterword Copyright 2013 by Vinton Cerf (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Author: Tom Standage
Category: History, World
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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German Revolution

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Discover the remarkable history of the German Revolution of 1918.... The brief history of the Weimar Republic is generally seen as an abbreviated intermission between the First and Second World Wars. It was the government, led by the Social Democratic Party, which took power, albeit with some trepidation, after Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated the German throne. Socialists saw this as the opportunity they had been waiting for, the day when workers would be the ones in power. For the conservatives who could not accept the German defeat in World War I, however, the Weimar Republic was a feeble entity which had capitulated to Germany’s enemies.  The German Revolution of 1918-1919 told the story of a bruised nation attempting to overcome its military defeat at the hands of enemies who wanted to punish Germany for starting the war. Because Germany was caught in the vise of such irreconcilable political philosophies between the left and the right, the Weimar Republic, although it was the ruling power following the German Revolution, was destined to have a doomed, short life in Germany’s tragic 20th-century history.  Discover a plethora of topics such as   Sacrificing for the Fatherland The German spring offensive The seeds of Revolution The Christmas crisis Rosa Luxemburg and the Spartacist uprising The end of the Revolution And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on the German Revolution of 1918, simply scroll up and click the "Buy Nw" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Man-Eating Tigers of India

Summary

Sir Samuel White Baker (1821-1893) was a British engineer, explorer, officer, naturalist, big-game hunter, and writer. Man-Eating Tigers of India originally appeared in his 1891 book on big-game hunting titled Wild Beasts and Their Ways. Focusing on the author’s tiger-hunting exploits, the work includes a detailed description of the tiger’s habits and instructions on how to organize and conduct a safe and successful hunt. This chore of putting an end to man-eating tigers seems to have been the burden of Baker. The work concludes with a riveting narrative of an actual case of hunting and eliminating a troublesome tiger.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Jacques Richey
Category: History, World
Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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The Landscape of History

3 ratings

Summary

What is history, and why should we study it? Is there such a thing as historical truth? Is history a science? One of the most accomplished historians at work today, John Lewis Gaddis, answers these and other questions in this short, witty, and humane book. The Landscape of History provides a searching look at the historian's craft as well as a strong argument for why a historical consciousness should matter to us today. Gaddis points out that while the historical method is more sophisticated than most historians realize, it doesn't require unintelligible prose to explain. Like cartographers mapping landscapes, historians represent what they can never replicate. In doing so, they combine the techniques of artists, geologists, paleontologists, and evolutionary biologists. Their approaches parallel, in intriguing ways, the new sciences of chaos, complexity, and criticality. They don't much resemble what happens in the social sciences, where the pursuit of independent variables functioning with static systems seems increasingly divorced from the world as we know it. So who's really being scientific, and who isn't? This question, too, is one Gaddis explores in ways that are certain to spark interdisciplinary controversy.

©2002 John Lewis Gaddis (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Jack Chekijian
Category: History, World
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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Who Ate the First Oyster?

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Who wore the first pants? Who painted the first masterpiece? Who first rode the horse? Who invented soap? This madcap adventure across ancient history uses everything from modern genetics to archaeology to uncover the geniuses behind these and other world-changing innovations. Who invented the wheel? Who told the first joke? Who drank the first beer? Who was the murderer in the first murder mystery, who was the first surgeon, who sparked the first fire - and most critically, who was the first to brave the slimy, pale oyster? In this audiobook, writer Cody Cassidy digs deep into the latest research to uncover the untold stories of some of these incredible innovators (or participants in lucky accidents). With a sharp sense of humor and boundless enthusiasm for the wonders of our ancient ancestors, Who Ate the First Oyster? profiles the perpetrators of the greatest firsts and catastrophes of prehistory, using the lives of individuals to provide a glimpse into ancient cultures, show how and why these critical developments occurred, and educate us on a period of time that until recently we've known almost nothing about.

©2020 Cody Cassidy (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Author: Cody Cassidy
Category: History, World
Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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The Memory Chalet

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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year The Memory Chalet is a memoir unlike any you have ever experienced before. Each essay charts some experience or remembrance of the past through the sieve of Tony Judt's prodigious mind. His youthful love of a particular London bus route evolves into a reflection on public civility and interwar urban planning. Memories of the 1968 student riots of Paris meander through the divergent sex politics of Europe, before concluding that his generation "was a revolutionary generation, but missed the revolution". A series of road trips across America leads not just to an appreciation of American history, but to an eventual acquisition of citizenship. Foods and trains and long-lost smells all compete for Judt's attention; but for us, he has forged his reflections into an elegant arc of analysis. All as simply and beautifully arranged as a Swiss chalet - a reassuring refuge deep in the mountains of memory.

©2010 The Estate of Tony Judt (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: Joe Barrett
Author: Tony Judt
Category: History, World
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Outlaw Ocean (German edition)

Summary

Es gilt als unberechenbar und zugleich als Sehnsuchtsort: das Meer. Die unendliche Weite, die Schönheit, aber auch die Gefahren, die die Hohe See birgt, faszinieren Abenteurer und Autoren seit Jahrhunderten. Doch zusehends gefährden Überfischung und Umweltverschmutzung das Meer als Lebensraum und als Ressource für den Menschen. Der mit dem Pulitzer-Preis ausgezeichnete amerikanische Journalist Ian Urbina spürt einerseits dieser Faszination nach und deckt andererseits Missstände auf, wie moderne Sklaverei auf Fischerbooten oder das Aussetzen blinder Passagiere auf hoher See. Seine Zusammenstellung von Reportagen ist eine Reise in eine von verschwimmenden Gesetzen geregelte Welt, in der nationales Recht nicht greift und internationale Abkommen schwer zu überwachen sind - was skrupellose Kriminelle geschickt für ihre Zwecke zu nutzen wissen. Er erzählt darüber hinaus Geschichten über die Menschen, die ihm auf dem Meer begegnet sind: "gewaltbereite Umweltschützer, Wrackdiebe, maritime Söldner, aufsässige Walfänger, Sachpfänder auf See, auf dem Meer arbeitende Abtreibungsärztinnen, illegale Ölentsorger, schwer zu fassende Wilderer, im Stich gelassene Seeleute". "Outlaw Ocean - Die gesetzlose See" umfasst neue Recherchen und die besten Stücke einer gleichnamigen Reportagereihe für die New York Times, die Urbina als investigativer Reporter seit 2014 verfasst. >> Diese ungekürzte Hörbuch-Fassung genießt du exklusiv nur bei Audible.

©2019 Ian Urbina. Übersetzung von Kerstin Fricke, Claudia Hahn, Tanja Lampa (P)2019 Audible Studios

Narrator: Heiko Grauel
Author: Ian Urbina
Category: History, World
Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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How to Invent a Country

Summary

Former BBC Central European correspondent Misha Glenny investigates the borders, stories and people of nine countries worldwide and asks how they acquired the shape and character they have today. Aided by a wealth of expert contributors, he discovers the geographical quirks, Game of Thrones-style battles and history-changing personalities that have defined each nation - busting some persistent myths and stereotypes along the way.  In 'Germany', Glenny blows away the fog of Nazism to reveal the country's high culture and often feeble past, taking us from the Thirty Years' War to the rise of Prussia and the emergence of a unified nation. 'Spain' chronicles the rise and fall of an empire - from 1492 to 1898, from Columbus to El Desastre - and explores the fractured state of the nation, both in history and now. In 'Italy', Glenny tells a tale of fragmentation, occupation, unification (and the birth of the Mafia) and expansionist dreams that led to mass Italian bloodshed in the First World War. 'Brazil' sees him stripping away the happy imagery of carnival and beach volleyball to expose a dark colonial history, as he charts the country's transformation from giant factory farm for Europeans to modern BRIC economy.  'France' considers Joan of Arc's part in resisting the English invasion, analyses the French Revolution through Robespierre and looks at the other Napoleon: Napoleon III, whose defeat ultimately led to two world wars. In 'The USA', Glenny examines the creation of the most powerful nation in the world, from the Founding Fathers to frontier wars and the melting pot of immigration. In 'The Netherlands', Glenny explains how the country is much more than just Holland, probes how a few boggy Netherlandish provinces became one of the military and trading heavyweights of the world, and wonders why Belgium exists. And in 'Britain', he presents the story of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, from Offa's Dyke to Hadrian's Wall via London, Derry and Edinburgh. He delves into England's dominance of the United Kingdom, discusses the significance of our island status and ponders British identity, asking what binds us - and what divides us. And in Ireland, Glenny learns about Catholics, Protestants and the early seeds of war.  This collection also includes three extra series on things that have shaped Europe as much as any nation: The Alps, which divide Europe and swallow up armies, Giuseppe Garibaldi, the legendary Italian general, and The Habsburgs, a family that ruled in Europe for 1,000 years.

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Narrator: Misha Glenny
Author: Misha Glenny
Category: History, World
Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
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Louis XIV. Le plus grand roi du monde

2 ratings

Summary

La passionnante et longue vie de Louis XIV mérite un récit continu, précis et documenté. Le voici. Nous découvrons la personnalité d'un homme secret, ainsi que les rouages de l'État royal qui l'accompagne dans ses vastes projets. Cet ouvrage dévoile une page importante de l'histoire de la France et des Français, à travers toutes les facettes de ce règne qui a connu des moments brillants et exaltants et des épisodes pittoresques, mais également des drames terribles. Lucien Bély choisit comme fil directeur d'expliquer pourquoi les contemporains de Louis XIV ont vu en lui un grand roi, et même "le plus grand roi du monde", regardant ce rêve de suprématie avec bonheur ou avec crainte. L'auteur nous invite à comprendre comment la monarchie française gouvernait les hommes, faisant alors de la France une puissance singulière et impressionnante. Ce livre montre enfin que le roi a voulu asseoir sa gloire en faisant naître le fabuleux domaine de Versailles, en favorisant l'épanouissement de la vie de cour et en encourageant la floraison de tous les arts.

©2017 Éditions Jean Paul Gisserot (P)2019 Sixtrid SAS

Author: Lucien Bély
Category: History, World
Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
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Stampede

Summary

A gripping and wholly original account of the epic human tragedy that was the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-98. One hundred thousand men and women rushed heedlessly north to make their fortunes; very few did, but many thousands of them died in the attempt. In 1897, the United States was mired in the worst economic depression that the country had yet endured. So when all the newspapers announced gold was to be found in wildly enriching quantities at the Klondike River region of the Yukon, a mob of economically desperate Americans swarmed north. Within weeks tens of thousands of them were embarking from western ports to throw themselves at some of the harshest terrain on the planet - in winter yet - woefully unprepared, with no experience at all in mining or mountaineering. It was a mass delusion that quickly proved deadly: avalanches, shipwrecks, starvation, murder. Upon this stage, author Brian Castner tells a relentlessly driving story of the gold rush through the individual experiences of the iconic characters who endured it. A young Jack London, who would make his fortune but not in gold. Colonel Samuel Steele, who tried to save the stampeders from themselves. The notorious gangster Soapy Smith, goodtime girls and desperate miners, Skookum Jim, and the hotel entrepreneur Belinda Mulrooney. The unvarnished tale of this mass migration is always striking, revealing the amazing truth of what people will do for a chance to be rich.

©2021 Brian Castner (P)2021 Random House Audio

Narrator: Brian Castner
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs
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Great Moments in History

Summary

Compiled here are original broadcasts that changed the face of the 20th century along with dramatization of classic speeches, including:  Socrates - "Apology" (399 BC) - Performed by Christopher Cazenove Joan of Arc - "Inquisition" (1431) - Performed by Susan Anspach Martin Luther - "I Cannot and Will Not Retrace" (1521) - Performed by Julian Holloway Queen Elizabeth I "The Golden Speech" (1601) - Performed by Stephanie Beacham Robespierre - "Festival" (1794) - Performed by David Warner Nikolai Lenin - "Proletariat" (1919) - Performed by Theodore Bikel Lady Astor - "Women in Politics" (1922) - Performed by Juliet Mills David Ben Gurion - "A Jewish State" (1948) - Performed by Theodore Bikel King Edward VIII - "Abdication" (1936) - Original Broadcast  Adolf Hitler - "Sudetenland Occupation" (1938) - Original Broadcast  Winston Churchill - "Radio Address" (1936) - Original Broadcast  Winston Churchill "Address" (1940) - Original Broadcast  Franklin D. Roosevelt - "War Against Japan" (1941) - Original Broadcast  Jonathan Edwards - "An Angry God" (1741) - Performed by Harlan Ellison Patrick Henry - "Give Me Liberty" (1775) - Performed by David Birney Samuel Adams - "American Independence" (1776) - Performed by Frank Muller George Washington - "Inaugural Address" (1789) - Performed by William Windom George Washington - "Farewell Address" (1796) - Performed by William Windom Thomas Jefferson - "Inaugural Address" (1801) - Performed by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.  John Brown - "Death" (1859) - Performed by Michael Gross Jefferson Davis - "Withdrawal" (1861) - Performed by Robert Gilliland Abraham Lincoln - "Gettysburg Address" (1863) - Performed by Burt Reynolds Susan B. Anthony - "On Woman’s Suffrage" (1873) - Performed by Loretta Swit Booker T. Washington - "The American Standard" (1896) - Performed by James Reynolds Williams Jennings Bryan - "The Ideal Republic" (1923) - Original Broadcast Amelia Earhart - "Women in Flying" (1931) - Original Broadcast Franklin D. Roosevelt - "Inaugural Address" (1933) - Original Broadcast Franklin D. Roosevelt - "Inaugural Address" (1937) - Original Broadcast Lou Gehrig - "Farewell to Baseball" (1939) - Original Broadcast Babe Ruth - "Farewell to Baseball" (1947) - Original Broadcast Harry S. Truman - "Inaugural Address" (1949) - Original Broadcast General Douglas MacArthur - "Address to Congress" (1951) - Original Broadcast John F. Kennedy - "Inaugural Address" (1961) Original Broadcast John F. Kennedy - "Cuban Missile Crisis" (1962) - Original Broadcast Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - "Civil Rights Address" (1963) - Original Broadcast Malcolm X - "On Black Power" (1964) - Original Broadcast Edward Kennedy - "Eulogy for Robert F. Kennedy" (1968) - Original Broadcast Neil Armstrong - "Moon Landing" (1969) - Original Broadcast Gloria Steinem - "To Women" (1971) - Original Broadcast Richard Nixon - "End of The Vietnam War" (1973) - Original Broadcast Jimmy Carter - "Energy and National Goals" (1979) - Original Broadcast Ronald Reagan - "The Berlin Wall" (1987) - Original Broadcast George Bush - "The Bombing of Iraq" (1991) - Original Broadcast William J. Clinton - "Convocation" (1993) - Original Broadcast

Public Domain (P)2019 Phoenix Books

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Empire Rise and Fall

Summary

From Babylonia to Rome, the greatest empires in the world once thought unconquerable had one thing in common: their demise. The pattern is clear, they all irrefutably fell from grace and power. History tells us all great nations rise and fall from man’s apparently insatiable need for conquest driven by bloodthirst and ambition, eventually becoming drunk and blind with power. We can either learn from history and change as a collective or be doomed to repeat the cycle again and again.

©2020 Alchemy Werks, LLC (P)2020 Alchemy Werks, LLC

Author: Simon Oliver
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Our First Revolution

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The ideals of freedom and individual rights that inspired America's Founding Fathers did not spring from a vacuum. Along with many other defining principles of our national character, they can be traced directly back to one of the most pivotal events in British history: the late-17th-century uprising known as the Glorious Revolution. In a work of popular history that stands with recent favorites such as David McCullough's 1776 and Joseph J. Ellis' Founding Brothers, Michael Barone brings the story of this unlikely and largely bloodless revolt to American readers and reveals that, without the Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution may never have happened. Unfolding in 1688-89, Britain's Glorious Revolution resulted in the hallmarks of representative government, guaranteed liberties, the foundations of global capitalism, and a foreign policy of opposing aggressive foreign powers. But as Barone shows, there was nothing inevitable about the Glorious Revolution. It sprang from the character of the English people and depended on the talents, audacity, and good luck of two men: William of Orange (later William III of England), who launched history's last successful cross-channel invasion, and John Churchill, an ancestor of Winston, who commanded the forces of the deposed James II but crossed over to support William one fateful November night. The story of the Glorious Revolution is a rich and riveting saga of palace intrigue, loyalty, and shocking betrayal, and bold political and military strategizing. With narrative drive, a sure command of historical events, and unforgettable portraits of kings, queens, soldiers, parliamentarians, and a large cast of full-blooded characters, Barone takes an episode that has fallen into unjustified obscurity and restores it to the prominence it deserves.

©2007 Michael Barone (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

Narrator: Stephen Hoye
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
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Among Maya Ruins

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This is a "must-listen" for those exploring the Maya ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico! In this audiobook, 22 ruins are described by an adventurous couple sharing their hands-on experience - with just enough details to enable the enjoyment of these architectural wonders. Over 5,000 kilometers were covered in 2017 in the process of viewing these ruined cities from the north at Progreso, to the west at Campeche, east to Chetumal and Playa del Carmen, and south at the border of Guatemala and Belize. Anecdotes and history make a wonderful combination in this professionally authored and narrated account of modern-day risk-taking. Architectural majesty accounts for the vitality and the focus in this guide to the beauty of Maya archaeology and ruined structures.

©2018 Lonnie Pelletier (P)2019 Lonnie Pelletier

Narrator: Casey Bassett
Category: History, World
Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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El Poder de las Historias

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Los textos escritos han marcado la evolución de la historia: son los códigos que definen la identidad de los pueblos y la forma en que los seres humanos organizan sus vidas. Martin Puchner, profesor de la Universidad de Harvard, sigue su evolución en el tiempo, de Gilgamesh a Harry Potter, y analiza la génesis de las grandes obras: la transcripción de la Ilíada que Alejandro Magno llevaba en sus conquistas, la fijación de la Biblia y de los textos de Buda, Jesús, Confucio o Sócrates, la aparición en Japón de la primera gran novela, Genji, escrita por una mujer, y la renovación del género por Cervantes. Puchner viaja además a sus escenarios originales: al sur del Sahara donde aún se recita la epopeya de Sunjata o a la selva lacandona en que viven los zapatistas, herederos de la cultura maya del Popol Vuh. Su libro, ahora convertido en audiolibro, nos ofrece una visión nueva y enriquecedora de la historia de la cultura y nos enseña cuán grande ha sido y aún es el poder de las historias. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish

©2017 Martin Puchner (P)2019 Editorial Planeta, S. A.

Narrator: Javier Beltran
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
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Como sapiens (Spanish Edition)

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El conflicto entre nuestros instintos y cuerpo de Homo sapiens y la vida que llevamos es cada vez mayor.  ¿Qué humanidad estamos construyendo?  Nuestra especie no era la única ni la más prometedora de las varias versiones de humanos en el planeta hace 200.000 años. Pero lo conquistó. Salió de su cuna en África y ocupó todos los continentes. Seleccionó y rediseñó al puñado de animales y vegetales de los que se alimenta. Se multiplicó una y mil veces. Hizo pueblos, ciudades, imperios, guerras, transportes, fábricas e ideas, muchas ideas.  El Homo sapiens de hoy es el mismo animal, pero se mueve menos, come peor, trabaja más y tiene menos sexo que sus tatarabuelos africanos. Padece ese desfasaje a cambio de mortalidad baja y pobreza en descenso. Sigue triunfando en su primacía sobre el resto de las especies, pero lo pueden desafiar seriamente una pandemia o una crisis ecológica, o los cambios en su propio cuerpo a medida que la medicina apaga la selección natural y la ingeniería genética imagina humanos de diseño.  A prudente distancia de la corrección política y con una dosis importante de humor, este ensayo -que es también crónica- repasa los hallazgos de los últimos años sobre la evolución humana e invita a pensar cómo queremos vivir de ahora en adelante.  "Que una especie intente desactivar los mecanismos de la selección natural que operan sobre sí misma, y lo logre casi por completo, es inédito, y ya está redefiniendo al Homo sapiens [...] El ser humano se va convirtiendo gradualmente en Homo medicus, una especie mucho más diversa, formada por descendientes de Homo sapiens que van acumulando variaciones genéticas, útiles o no. Gracias a la medicina, los Homo medicus pueden sobrevivir a los errores de copia, y a su vez necesitan cada vez más de la medicina para que emparche lo que ya no limpia de manera más eficaz y mucho más cruel la selección natural. [...] Pero también es cierto que podemos tratar de moderar esos desequilibrios entre lo que somos y la vida que llevamos. Vivir como sapiens no es volver a ningún tiempo ni lugar específicos. Es tratar de ser conscientes de que somos Homo sapiens (casi iguales, biológicamente, a los de hace cien siglos) nacidos en una cultura para la que el Homo sapiens no está preparado".   Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.  

©2020 Lucas Llach (P)2020 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

Narrator: Javier Gómez
Author: Lucas Llach
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
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Eine kurze Geschichte der Trunkenheit

Summary

Was mit angeschickerten Einzellern in der Ursuppe begann, hat in der Geschichte der Menschen feucht-fröhliche Spuren hinterlassen: In jeder Kultur hat man sich dem alkoholischen Rausch ergeben oder ihn - erfolglos - bekämpft. Trunkenheit war für die Perser eine Voraussetzung zur politischen Debatte, für die alten Griechen ein Mittel zur Selbstdisziplinierung und im antiken Ägypten Bedingung für spirituelle Ekstase und Erleuchtung. Hörchst informativ und amüsant beschreibt Mark Forsyth, womit sich die Menschen zuschütteten und warum sie bis heute nicht vom Alkohol loskommen - genussvoll gelesen von Jürgen von der Lippe.

©2019 Schall & Wahn GmbH (P)2019 Schall & Wahn GmbH

Author: Mark Forsyth
Category: History, World
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
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Monarchy

1 rating

Summary

The crown of England is the oldest surviving political institution in Europe. Throughout this audiobook Dr David Starkey emphasises the Crown's endless capacity to adapt to circumstances and reshape national policy, whilst he unmasks the personalities and achievements, the defeats and victories, which lie behind the kings and queens of British history. Each of these monarchs has contributed to the religion, geography, laws, language, and government which we live with today. Monarchy demonstrates exactly how these states were arrived at, how these monarchs subtly influenced each other, which battles were won and why, whose whim or failure caused religious tradition to wither or flourish, and which monarchs, through their acumen, strength and single minded determination, came to enforce the laws of England.

©2006 David Starkey (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd.

Narrator: David Starkey
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
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Cuba Libre!

2 ratings

Summary

The surprising story of Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, and the scrappy band of rebel men and women who followed them. Most people are familiar with the basics of the Cuban Revolution of 1956-1959: it was led by two of the 20th century’s most charismatic figures, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara; it successfully overthrew the island nation’s US-backed dictator; and it quickly went awry under Fidel's rule. But less is remembered about the amateur nature of the movement or the lives of its players. In this wildly entertaining and meticulously researched account, historian and journalist Tony Perrottet unravels the human drama behind history’s most improbable revolution: a scruffy handful of self-taught revolutionaries - many of them kids just out of college, literature majors, and art students, and including a number of extraordinary women - who defeated 40,000 professional soldiers to overthrow the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.  Cuba Libre!’s deep dive into the revolution reveals fascinating details: How did Fidel’s highly organized lover Celia Sánchez whip the male guerrillas into shape? Who were the two dozen American volunteers who joined the Cuban rebels? How do you make lethal land mines from condensed milk cans - or, for that matter, cook chorizo à la guerrilla (sausage guerrilla-style)? Cuba Libre! is an absorbing look back at a liberation movement that captured the world's imagination with its spectacular drama, foolhardy bravery, tragedy, and, sometimes, high comedy - and that set the stage for Cold War tensions that pushed the world to the brink of nuclear war. 

©2019 Tony Perrottet (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Robertson Dean
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
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The Ugly Renaissance

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A fascinating and counterintuitive portrait of the sordid, hidden world behind the dazzling artwork of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and more.... 

Renowned as a period of cultural rebirth and artistic innovation, the Renaissance is cloaked in a unique aura of beauty and brilliance. Its very name conjures up awe-inspiring images of an age of lofty ideals in which life imitated the fantastic artworks for which it has become famous. But behind the vast explosion of new art and culture lurked a seamy, vicious world of power politics, perversity, and corruption that has more in common with the present day than anyone dares to admit. 

In this lively and meticulously researched portrait, Renaissance scholar Alexander Lee illuminates the dark and titillating contradictions that were hidden beneath the surface of the period’s best-known artworks. Rife with tales of scheming bankers, greedy politicians, sex-crazed priests, bloody rivalries, vicious intolerance, rampant disease, and lives of extravagance and excess, this gripping exploration of the underbelly of Renaissance Italy shows that, far from being the product of high-minded ideals, the sublime monuments of the Renaissance were created by flawed and tormented artists who lived in an ever-expanding world of inequality, dark sexuality, bigotry, and hatred. 

The Ugly Renaissance is a delightfully debauched journey through the surprising contradictions of Italy’s past and shows that were it not for the profusion of depravity and degradation, history’s greatest masterpieces might never have come into being.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2014 Alexander Lee (P)2014 Random House Audio

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Category: History, World
Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
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Fishing

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In this history of fishing - not as sport but as sustenance - archaeologist and best-selling author Brian Fagan argues that fishing was an indispensable and often overlooked element in the growth of civilization. It sustainably provided enough food to allow cities, nations, and empires to grow, but it did so with a different emphasis. Where agriculture encouraged stability, fishing demanded movement. It frequently required a search for new and better fishing grounds; its technologies, centered on boats, facilitated movement and discovery; and fish themselves, when dried and salted, were the ideal food - lightweight, nutritious, and long-lasting - for traders, travelers, and conquering armies. This history of the long interaction of humans and seafood tours archaeological sites worldwide to show listeners how fishing fed human settlement, rising social complexity, the development of cities, and ultimately the modern world.

©2017 Brian Fagan (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Shaun Grindell
Author: Brian Fagan
Category: History, World
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
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The Gulf

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Pulitzer Prize winner, History, 2018. Winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction - the tragic collision between civilization and nature in the Gulf of Mexico becomes a uniquely American story in this environmental epic. When painter Winslow Homer first sailed into the Gulf of Mexico, he was struck by its "special kind of providence." Indeed, the Gulf presented itself as America's sea - bound by geography, culture, and tradition to the national experience - and yet, there has never been a comprehensive history of the Gulf until now. And so, in this rich and original work that explores the Gulf through our human connection with the sea, environmental historian Jack E. Davis finally places this exceptional region into the American mythos in a sweeping history that extends from the Pleistocene age to the 21st century. Significant beyond tragic oil spills and hurricanes, the Gulf has historically been one of the world's most bounteous marine environments, supporting human life for millennia. Davis starts from the premise that nature lies at the center of human existence, and takes listeners on a compelling and, at times, wrenching journey from the Florida Keys to the Texas Rio Grande, along marshy shorelines and majestic estuarine bays, profoundly beautiful and life-giving, though fated to exploitation by esurient oil men and real-estate developers. Rich in vivid, previously untold stories, The Gulf tells the larger narrative of the American Sea - from the sportfish that brought the earliest tourists to Gulf shores to Hollywood's engagement with the first offshore oil wells - as it inspired and empowered, sometimes to its own detriment, the ethnically diverse groups of a growing nation. Davis's pageant of historical characters is vast, including the presidents who directed western expansion toward its shores, the New England fishers who introduced their own distinct skills to the region, and the industries and big agriculture that sent their contamination downstream into the estuarine wonderland. Nor does Davis neglect the colorfully idiosyncratic individuals: the Tabasco king who devoted his life to wildlife conservation, the Texas shrimper who gave hers to clean water and public health, as well as the New York architect who hooked the "big one" that set the sportfishing world on fire. Ultimately, Davis reminds us that amidst the ruin, beauty awaits its return, as the Gulf is, and has always been, an ongoing story. Sensitive to the imminent effects of climate change, and to the difficult task of rectifying grievous assaults of recent centuries, The Gulf suggests how a penetrating examination of a single region's history can inform the country's path ahead.

©2017 Jack E. Davis (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Tom Perkins
Category: History, World
Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
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Den totale rus

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Den første omfattende undersøgelse af sandheden bag brugen af narkotika i det Tredje Rige. En øjenåbnende bog, der skildrer begivenhederne i Nazityskland og på de europæiske slagmarker i et nyt perspektiv - fra begyndelsen i 1933 til undergangen i 1945. Det Tredje Rige var gennemsyret af stoffer: kokain, heroin, morfin og frem for alt metamfetamin, som blev brugt af alle fra fabriksarbejdere til husmødre og var afgørende for troppernes modstandskraft. Brugen af narkotika på de allerhøjeste niveauer svækkede også evnen til at tage beslutninger, når Hitler og hans følge søgte tilflugt i potentielt dødelige cocktails af stimulanser, administreret af lægen dr. Morell, efterhånden som krigens gang vendte sig mod Tyskland. Selvom narkotika ikke alene kan forklare 2. Verdenskrig eller krigens udfald, ændrer det vores forståelse af krigen. "Den totale rus" tilføjer en manglende brik til historien.

©2017 Lindhardt og Ringhof (P)2017 Lindhardt og Ringhof

Narrator: Paul Becker
Author: Norman Ohler
Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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The Communist Manifesto

Summary

Karl Heinrich Marx was born on May 5, 1818. He was a German philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist and socialist revolutionary. Born in Trier, Germany, Marx studied law and philosophy at university. He married Jenny von Westphalen in 1843. Due to his political publications, Marx became stateless and lived in exile with his wife and children in London for decades, where he continued to develop his thought in collaboration with German thinker Friedrich Engels and publish his writings, researching in the reading room of the British Museum.  His best-known titles are the 1848 pamphlet The Communist Manifesto and the three-volume Das Kapital (1867-1883). His political and philosophical thought had enormous influence on subsequent intellectual, economic and political history, and his name has been used as an adjective, a noun and a school of social theory.    Geoffrey Giuliano is the author of over 30 internationally best-selling biographies, including the London Sunday Times best seller Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney and Dark Horse: The Private Life of George Harrison. He can be heard on the Westwood One Radio Network and has written and produced over 700 original spoken-word albums and video documentaries on various aspects of popular culture. He is also a well known movie actor.

©2020 Geoffrey Giuliano (P)2020 Geoffrey Giuliano

Author: Karl Marx
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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Gold Diggers

4 ratings

Summary

Between 1896 and 1899, thousands of people lured by gold braved a grueling journey into the remote wilderness of North America. Within two years, Dawson City, in the Canadian Yukon, grew from a mining camp of four hundred to a raucous town of more than thirty thousand. The stampede to the Klondike was the last great gold rush in history. Scurvy, dysentery, frostbite, and starvation stalked all who dared to be in Dawson. And yet the possibilities attracted people from all walks of life. Gold Diggers is the remarkable story of the Klondike Gold Rush told through the lives of six very different people: the miner William Haskell; the saintly priest Father Judge; the savvy twenty-four-year-old businesswoman Belinda Mulrooney; the imperious British journalist Flora Shaw; spit-and-polish Sam Steele of the Mounties; and, most famous, the writer Jack London, who left without gold but with the stories that would make him a legend. Brilliantly interweaving their experiences, Charlotte Gray presents a fascinating panorama of a subarctic town, drawing on letters, memoirs, newspaper articles, and stories.

©2010 Charlotte Gray (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Steven Cooper
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
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The Three Edwards

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The Three Edwards, third in Thomas B. Costain's survey of Britain under the Plantagenets, covers the years between 1272 and 1377 when three Edwards ruled England. Edward I brought England out of the Middle Ages. Edward II had a tragic reign but gave his country Edward III, who ruled gloriously, if violently.

©1983 Thomas B. Costain (P)2009 Books on Tape

Narrator: David Case
Category: History, World
Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
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Letters Of Love

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Love. Perhaps our greatest quest in life is to love and be loved in return. A task as easy and as difficult as the people involved. Here the beloved British actor and Hollywood star David Niven reads a selection of letters from across the Centuries and across the Continents; Napoleon to Josephine, Abraham Lincoln to the Other Mary, Shelley to Mary Godwin are among the treats you'll hear.

©2009 Horse's Mouth (P)2009 Copyright Group

Narrator: David Niven
Category: History, World
Length: 27 mins
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The Federalist Papers (AmazonClassics Edition)

5 ratings

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Hailed by Thomas Jefferson as "the best commentary on the principles of government which was ever written," The Federalist Papers is a collection of 85 essays published by Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay from 1787 to 1788, as a means to persuade the public to ratify the Constitution of the United States. With nearly two-thirds of the essays written by Hamilton, this enduring classic is perfect for modern audiences passionate about his work or seeking a deeper understanding of one of the most important documents in US history. AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from iconic authors. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or revisit an old favorite, these new editions open the door to the stories and ideas that have shaped our world. Revised edition: Previously published as The Federalist Papers, this edition of The Federalist Papers (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Category: History, World
Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
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Why Planes Crash Case Files: 2001-2003

1 rating

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This riveting series goes beyond the news clips and investigates the most harrowing and inexplicable plane crashes from 2001 to 2003. Appearing for the first time in a bundle, this book contains 33 incidents and accidents from the series so far. Please note that this is a compilation of the existing three books and does not include new content. Every chapter features a detailed walk-through of a real-life air emergency. The author combines official investigation reports and modern media coverage, as well as cockpit and ATC transcripts to take the listener through these accidents and near misses.  Why Planes Crash offers an exciting and compelling look at the critical moments which define an aviation accident, explaining both the how and the why of catastrophic accidents in modern times. From disintegrating airliners to in-flight suicide to maintenance shortcuts, the author looks critically into each factor that might have lead to the crash. Her investigations and deep insight aim to make the listener into a witness to the investigation, and, yet, it is comprehensive enough for anyone with no aviation knowledge to understand. “For those aviation enthusiasts that wish to delve beyond the sensationalist headlines on aviation accidents Sylvia Spruck Wrigley's Why Planes Crash will satisfy their needs. Informative, critical and insightful.” (Hal Stoen, Stoenworks Aviation) “The author has done a remarkable job in not only researching the evidence of the accidents she covers and in putting across the problems of an investigation, but she has managed to do this in a way that will interest and appeal to a wide range of readers.” (John Farley Obe, author of View from the Hover)

©2013 Sylvia Wrigley (P)2018 Sylvia Wrigley

Narrator: Charlie Boswell
Category: History, World
Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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The Gulf of Mexico

Summary

The Gulf of Mexico presents a compelling, salt-streaked narrative of the Earth's 10th-largest body of water. In this beautifully written volume, John S. Sledge explores the people, ships, and cities that have made the Gulf's human history and culture so rich. Many famous figures who sailed the Gulf's viridian waters are highlighted, including Ponce de Leon, Robert Cavelier de La Salle, Francis Drake, Elizabeth Agassiz, Ernest Hemingway, and Charles Dwight Sigsbee. Sledge also introduces a fascinating array of people connected to maritime life in the Gulf, among them Maya priests, French pirates, African-American stevedores, and Greek sponge divers. Gulf events of global historical importance are detailed, such as the only defeat of armed and armored steamships by wooden sailing vessels, the first accurate deep-sea survey and bathymetric map of any ocean basin, the development of shipping containers by a former truck driver frustrated with antiquated loading practices, and the worst environmental disaster in American annals. Occasionally shifting focus ashore, Sledge explains how people representing a gumbo of ethnicities built some of the world's most exotic cities - Havana, New Orleans, and oft-besieged Veracruz, Mexico's oldest city, founded in 1519 by Hernán Cortes.

©2019 Univseristy of South Carolina (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Tom Perkins
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Queen of the Lakes (Great Lakes Books Series)

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This book is an account of ships that have borne the name Queen of the Lakes, an honorary title indicating that, at the time of its launching, a ship is the longest on the Great Lakes. In one of the most comprehensive books ever written on the maritime history of the lakes, Mark Thompson presents a vignette of each of the dozens of ships that have held the title, chronicling the dates the ship sailed, its dimensions, the derivation of its name, its role in the economic development of the region, and its sailing history. Through the stories of the individual ships, Thompson also describes the growth of ship design on the Great Lakes and the changing nature of the shipping industry on the lakes. The launching of the fist ship on Lake Ontario in 1678 - the diminutive Frontenac, a small, two-masted vessel of only about 10 tons and no more than 40 or 45 feet long - set in motion an evolutionary process that has continued for more than 300 years. That ship is the direct ancestor of all the ships that ever have operated on the Great Lakes, from the Str. Onoko, launched in February 1882 and the first ship to bear the name Queen of the Lakes, to the Str. W. D. Rees, which held its title only for a few weeks, to the Tregurtha, the longest ship on the lakes in 1981. Although the ships on the Great Lakes may be surpassed in size and efficiency by many of the modern ocean freighters, Thompson notes that the ships now sailing on the great freshwater seas of North America have achieved a level of operating mastery that is unrivaled anywhere in the world, considering the inherent limitations of the Great Lakes system. This audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

©1994 Wayne State University Press (P)2018 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Bill Nevitt
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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The Home Ranch

3 ratings

Summary

Ralph "Little Britches" Moody must take on responsibilities as the man of the family after his father's death. During the summer of his twelfth year, he works on a cattle ranch in the shadow of Pike's Peak, earning "man's wages" of a dollar a day.

©1956 Ralph Moody (P)2001 Books in Motion

Narrator: Cameron Beierle
Author: Ralph Moody
Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Years That Changed History: 1215

8 ratings

Summary

What is so important about the year 1215? There are some history buffs who may be able to tell you that 1215 is the year the Magna Carta was signed, but there are even fewer who know that King John of England’s acceptance of this charter was only one of four major, world-changing events of this significant year. In fact, the social, cultural, political, geographical, and religious shifts that occurred in this year alone had such a huge impact on the entire world, it warrants an entire course of study for anyone truly interested in the pivotal points of history that brought us to where we are now.  As it turns out, the year 1215 was a major turning point in world history. Although the drafting of the Magna Carta is perhaps the most well-known event of 1215, anyone in Europe at the time would have told you the meeting of the Church’s Fourth Lateran Council was much more significant. Meanwhile, in Asia, a Mongol ruffian named Genghis Khan was embarking on a mission for world domination, beginning with his success at the Battle of Beijing, while Islam was experiencing a Golden Age centered around Baghdad’s House of Wisdom. Other cultures and societies around the globe were also experiencing pivotal moments in their development - from the Americas to Africa and Asia and beyond.  These seismic events were only possible thanks to a confluence of global conditions, starting with the climate. Although we might not be familiar with the specifics, the ripple effect from these events can still be felt all over the world today. Years That Changed History: 1215 is a unique course, offering you the chance to delve into one of the most interesting periods in world history. Over 24 fast-paced lectures, Professor Dorsey Armstrong of Purdue University gives you the Big History of this surprisingly impactful year, introducing you to the people, events, and wide-ranging influences of the year 1215.  Among other fascinating discoveries, you will investigate how climate changes affected the population of Europe; explore the circumstances for the Magna Carta (which originally had nothing to do with human rights and liberty for everyday people); find out why the Fourth Lateran Council mattered so much; and tour the world beyond Europe to gain a true sense of global history. This last point about “global history” is an important one. Most history courses have to select a theme, which by its nature limits the scope of the curriculum. In choosing a year as her theme, Professor Armstrong is able to take you around the world, from the ancient Maya to the House of Baghdad to Shogun Japan. Professor Armstrong takes the world as her theme - and what a truly captivating world it is!  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 The Great Courses (P)2019 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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The Lewis and Clark Journals

1 rating

Summary

In their own words, recorded in the famous journals of Lewis and Clark, the members of the Corps of Discovery tell their story with an immediacy and power missing from secondhand accounts. All of their triumphs and terrors are here: the thrill of seeing the vast herds of bison, the fear the captains felt when Sacagawea fell ill, the ordeal of crossing the Continental Divide, the misery of cold and hunger, and the kidnapping and rescue of Lewis' dog, Seaman. The natural wonders of an unspoiled America are here, and the lives and customs of its native peoples also come vividly to life, making for a living drama that is humorous, poignant, and, at least once, tragic. Editor Gary E. Moulton blends the narrative highlights of his definitive Nebraska edition of the Lewis and Clark journals to bring forth the voices of the enlisted men - and of the Native Americans, heard for the first time alongside the words of the captains.

©2003 Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (P)2004 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Narrator: Patrick Cullen
Author: Lewis, Clark
Category: History, World
Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Bravo Two Zero - 20th Anniversary Edition

20 ratings

Summary

January 1991: IRAQ. Eight members of the SAS regiment embark upon a top-secret mission to infiltrate deep behind enemy lines. Under the command of Sergeant Andy McNab, they are to sever a vital underground communication link and to seek and destroy mobile Scud launchers. Their call sign: BRAVO TWO ZERO. Each laden with 15 stones of equipment, they tab 20km across the desert to reach their objective. But within days, their location is compromised. After a fierce fire fight, they are forced into evasive action. Four men are captured. Three die. Only one escapes. For the survivors, however, the worst ordeal is yet to come. Delivered to Baghdad, they are tortured with a savagery for which not even their intensive SAS training has prepared them. Twenty years from its first publication, Bravo Two Zero still sets the gold standard for military memoirs. It is a breathtaking account of Special Forces soldiering: an action-packed chronicle of superhuman courage, endurance, and dark humour in the face of overwhelming odds.

©1993 Andy McNab (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Paul Thornley
Author: Andy McNab
Category: History, World
Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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A People's History of Quebec

3 ratings

Summary

Revealing a little-known part of North American history, this lively guide tells the fascinating tale of the settlement of the St. Lawrence Valley. It also tells of the Montreal and Quebec-based explorers and traders who traveled, mapped, and inhabited a very large part of North America and "embrothered the peoples" they met, as Jack Kerouac wrote. Connecting everyday life to the events that emerged as historical turning points in the life of a people, this audiobook sheds new light on Quebec's 450-year history - and on the historical forces that lie behind its two recent efforts to gain independence.

©2009 Jacques Lacoursièr and Robin Philpot (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Matthew Josdal
Category: History, World
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Clio's Battles

Summary

To write history is to consider how to explicate the past, to weigh the myriad possible approaches to the past, and to come to terms with how the past can be and has been used. In this book, prize-winning historian, Jeremy Black, considers both popular and academic approaches to the past. His focus is on the interaction between the presentation of the past and current circumstances, on how history is used to validate one view of the present or to discredit another, and on readings of the past that unite and those that divide. Black opens with an account that underscores the differences and developments in traditions of writing history from the ancient world to the present. Subsequent chapters take up more recent decades, notably the post-Cold War period, discussing how different perspectives can fuel discussions of the past by individuals interested in shaping public opinion or public perceptions of the past. Black then turns to the possible future uses of the then past as a way to gain perspective on how we use the past today. Clio's Battles is an ambitious account of the engagement with the past across world history and of the clash over the content and interpretation of history and its implications for the present and future. The book is published by Indiana University Press.

©2015 Jeremy Black (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks

Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Fun Knowledge: 1100 Interesting and Fun Facts

1 rating

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Did you know that flamingo tongues were considered a delicacy in ancient Egypt? Did you know that a U.S. astronaut was reprimanded for sneaking a corned-beef sandwich onto a Space Shuttle flight? Did you know that St. Louis was the first U.S. city to host the Olympic Games? Fun Knowledge: 1100 Interesting and Fun Facts is packed with fascinating facts and trivia about the world around you. It's loaded with a treasure trove of interesting information that will capture your attention and keep you resisting to pause for more! You're going to learn about a variety of categories, such as: History Geography  Literature Animals Movies And much more! Why wait a moment longer? Immerse yourself in the fascinating and random facts about the world you live in. Get this audiobook now!

©2019 J.R. Galus (P)2019 J.R. Galus

Narrator: Jason Murray
Author: J.R. Galus
Category: History, World
Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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Apollo

3 ratings

Summary

Apollo is the behind-the-scenes story of an epic achievement. Based on exhaustive research that included many exclusive interviews, Apollo tells how America went from a standing start to a landing on the moon at a speed that now seems impossible. It describes the unprecedented engineering challenges that had to be overcome to create the mammoth Saturn V and the facilities to launch it. It takes you onto the gantries at Cape Canaveral and behind the consoles of Houston's Mission Control as it relives the tragedy of the fire on Apollo 1, the first descent to the lunar surface, and the rescue of Apollo 13.  A story of daring bordering on recklessness on the ground and life-and-death decisions made in seconds during the flights, Apollo captures the drama of humans leaving Earth for the first time.

©2004 Charles Murray and Catherine Bly Cox (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Bob Souer
Category: History, World
Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Iron Men and Saints

1 rating

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The first crusade of 1096 unleashed a wave of impassioned, personally felt, deeply pious Christian fury that was expressed in a mass movement centered in France and spreading to other European kingdoms, including Flanders, German speaking principalities, and Italy. Master historian Harold Lamb tells the incredible story of how Pope Urban II fanned the sparks of Christian anger into a mighty conflagration of righteous indignation with his speech of 1095 in Clermont. It was a speech that would occupy the hearts and minds of Europeans for over 200 years. Tens of thousands of peasants, both men and women, simply left their fields and workshops and joined knights and monks on a journey to take back holy Jerusalem from the infidel Muslims. A river of humanity, often hostile and destructive, flowed across Europe and into Byzantium and Asia. Led by baronial leaders like Godfrey of Bouillon, Baldwin of Flanders, Raymond of Toulouse, Robert of Normandy, and the mighty Bohemond of Taranto, their confrontation with Islamic armies would soon follow. The results of those armed clashes produced some of the most amazing stories you will ever hear.

©1930 Estate of Harold Lamb (P)2012 Audio Connoisseur

Author: Harold Lamb
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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History's Greatest Speeches, Volume II

Summary

This is a SoundCraft Audiobooks production featuring digitally enhanced performances of some of history's greatest speeches - all presented as they might have originally been heard. The immersive audio experience presented here - complete with sound effects, music, and atmospherics - allows the listener to feel as if they were in attendance when these speeches were first delivered. The orations are performed by a select group of amazing actors who uniquely capture the essence, power, and complexity of these magnificent addresses, universally acknowledged as some of the greatest speeches in world history. Volume II features such disparate historical characters as Alexander the Great, the Prophet Muhammad, Abraham Lincoln, and Susan B. Anthony, among others. This collection is part one of a series. Search for "History's Greatest Speeches" to discover more from SoundCraft and Fort Raphael Publishing.

©2020 Fort Raphael Publishing Company (P)2020 SoundCraft Audiobooks

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Napoleon's Buttons

2 ratings

Summary

Napoleon's Buttons is the fascinating account of 17 groups of molecules that have greatly influenced the course of history. These molecules provided the impetus for early exploration and made possible the voyages of discovery that ensued. The molecules resulted in grand feats of engineering and spurred advances in medicine and law; they determined what we now eat, drink, and wear. A change as small as the position of an atom can lead to enormous alterations in the properties of a substance - which, in turn, can result in great historical shifts. With lively prose and an eye for colorful and unusual details, Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson offer a novel way to understand the shaping of civilization and the workings of our contemporary world.

©2003 Micron Geological Ltd and Jay Burreson (P)2011 Tantor

Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Revolution

1 rating

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In Revolution, Peter Ackroyd takes listeners from William of Orange's accession following the Glorious Revolution to the Regency, when the flamboyant Prince of Wales ruled in the stead of his mad father, George III, and England was - again - at war with France, a war that would end with the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo. Late Stuart and Georgian England marked the creation of the great pillars of the English state. The Bank of England was founded, as was the stock exchange; the Church of England was fully established as the guardian of the spiritual life of the nation, and Parliament became the sovereign body of the nation with responsibilities and duties far beyond those of the monarch. It was a revolutionary era in English letters, too, a time in which newspapers first flourished and the English novel was born. It was an era in which coffeehouses and playhouses boomed, gin flowed freely, and in which shops, as we know them today, began to proliferate in towns and villages. But it was also a time of extraordinary and unprecedented technological innovation, which saw England utterly and irrevocably transformed from a country of blue skies and farmland to one of soot and steel and coal.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Category: History, World
Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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The Promise of the Grand Canyon

Summary

“A convincing case for Powell’s legacy as a pioneering conservationist.” (The Wall Street Journal) "A bold study of an eco-visionary at a watershed moment in US history." (Nature) A timely, thrilling account of the explorer who dared to lead the first successful expedition down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon - and waged a bitterly contested campaign for sustainability in the West. John Wesley Powell’s first descent of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1869 counts among the most dramatic chapters in American exploration history. When the Canyon spit out the surviving members of the expedition - starving, battered, and nearly naked - they had accomplished what others thought impossible and finished the exploration of continental America that Lewis and Clark had begun almost 70 years before.  With The Promise of the Grand Canyon, John F. Ross tells how that perilous expedition launched the one-armed Civil War hero on the path to becoming the nation’s foremost proponent of environmental sustainability and a powerful, if controversial, visionary for the development of the American West. So much of what he preached - most broadly about land and water stewardship - remains prophetically to the point today.

©2018 John F. Ross (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Author: John F. Ross
Category: History, World
Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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The Vikings

Summary

At the height of their power in the ninth and tenth centuries, the Vikings seemed invincible - conquering well-armed warriors whose ships were the ultimate in seafaring technology. From island bases near the deltas of major rivers, they used the waterways to scour the countryside, looting and burning towns, plundering merchant shipments, and stripping churches and monasteries of their gold, silver, and jeweled treasures. The Norsemen eventually penetrated all of England and Scotland, founded cities in Ireland, gained a powerful province in France, controlled Frisia and the modern Netherlands, and raided lands around Spain, passing into the Mediterranean to attack Italy and North Africa. They established the first Russian kingdom, challenged Constantinople, and provided a personal guard for the Byzantine emperor. They settled Iceland, where they developed Europe's first republic; founded two colonies on Greenland; and explored parts of North America five centuries before Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas. Then, like the abrupt end of a summer thunderstorm, their adventures ceased.

©2015 American Heritage (P)2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Chris Sorensen
Category: History, World
Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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ArtCurious

4 ratings

Summary

A wildly entertaining and surprisingly educational dive into art history as you've never heard it before, from the host of the beloved ArtCurious podcast. We're all familiar with the works of Claude Monet, thanks in no small part to the ubiquitous reproductions of his water lilies on umbrellas, handbags, scarves, and dorm-room posters. But did you also know that Monet and his cohort were trailblazing rebels whose works were originally deemed unbelievably ugly and vulgar? And while you probably know the tale of Vincent van Gogh's suicide, you may not be aware that there's pretty compelling evidence that the artist didn't die by his own hand but was accidentally killed - or even murdered. Or how about the fact that one of Andy Warhol's most enduring legacies involves Caroline Kennedy's moldy birthday cake and a collection of toenail clippings? ArtCurious is a colorful look at the world of art history, revealing some of the strangest, funniest, and most fascinating stories behind the world's great artists and masterpieces. Through these and other incredible, weird, and wonderful tales, ArtCurious presents an engaging look at why art history is, and continues to be, a riveting and relevant world to explore.

©2020 Jennifer Dasal (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Jennifer Dasal
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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The History of Peru

Summary

Uncover the fascinating history of Peru, one of South America’s most beautiful countries. Overlapping with the Amazon and the Andes, Peru is a rich and incredible country with a long history. Now, this audiobook examines Peru’s story, covering the early Inca Empire, one of the most advanced pre-American societies, to colonization and Peru’s journey to its place in the modern world. With reference to the pre- and post-Inca Empire, as well as the first arrival of the Spanish and the formation of the Republic of Peru, this detailed guide explores their history and the many events which shaped them. Including their resources, political leaders, and many struggles, this book is a must-listen for anyone interested in world history. Buy now to discover Peru’s incredible story today!

©2019 David Robbins (P)2019 David Robbins

Narrator: Steven Barnett
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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The Etruscans

Summary

If you want to discover the captivating history of the Etruscans, then pay attention... The importance of the Etruscans can be traced back to Rome. The Roman Republic, and later the Roman Empire, was an unusual conqueror because it would absorb and assimilate elements of the cultures it dominated. A standing practice was to allow the defeated to continue practicing their culture and religion so long as they paid their taxes on time.  Such a procedure was part of why Christianity would seep into the Roman Empire around the 1st century CE, for example. For the Etruscans, this meant they influenced aspects of Roman civilization, one of the most powerful cultures in the history of the Western world. Through the Etruscans, the Romans developed monarchy, walls, drainage systems, and the powerful forum.  In The Etruscans: A Captivating Guide to the Etruscan Civilization of Ancient Italy That Preceded the Roman Republic, you will discover topics such as: Politics, government, and social structure How an individual lived The origin of the Etruscans The Etruscan orientation, c. 600-400 BCE The Roman conquest, c. 400-20 BCE Mythology and religion Art and music The Etruscan language and writing Architecture Surviving text and literature And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Etruscans, scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Category: History, World
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Ambassadors from Earth: Pioneering Explorations with Unmanned Spacecraft

Summary

Ambassadors from Earth relates the story of the first unmanned space probes and planetary explorers - from the Sputnik and Explorer satellites launched in the late 1950's to the thrilling interstellar Voyager missions of the '70's - that yielded some of the most celebrated successes and spectacular failures of the space age. Keep in mind that our first mad scrambles to reach orbit, the moon, and the planets were littered with enough histrionics and cliffhanging turmoil to rival the most far-out sci-fi film. Utilizing original interviews with key players, journal excerpts, and primary source documents, Jay Gallentine delivers a quirky and unforgettable look at the lives and legacy of the Americans and Soviets who conceived, built, and guided those unmanned missions to the planets and beyond. Of special note is his in-depth interview with James Van Allen, the discoverer of the rings of planetary radiation that now bear his name. Ambassadors from Earth is an engaging bumper-car ride through a fog of head-banging uncertainty, bleeding-edge technology, personality clashes, organizational frustrations, brutal schedules, and the occasional bright spot. Confessed one participant, “We were making it up as we went along”. The book is published by University of Nebraska Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

©2009 Jay Gallentine (P)2020 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator:
Category: History, World
Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Histories of the Unexpected

Summary

Did you know that the history of the beard is connected to the Crimean War; that the history of paperclips is all about the Stasi; and that the history of bubbles is all about the French Revolution? And who knew that Heinrich Himmler, Tutankhamun and the history of needlework are linked to napalm and Victorian orphans? In Histories of the Unexpected, Sam Willis and James Daybell lead us on a journey of discovery that tackles some of the greatest historical themes but via entirely unexpected subjects. By taking this revolutionary approach, they not only present a new way of thinking about the past but also reveal the everyday world around us as never before.

©2018 Sam Willis & James Daybell (P)2019 Isis Publishing Ltd

Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Mysteries of Ancient America: Uncovering the Forbidden

Summary

This is a compilation of historical accounts that contradict everything we have been taught about ancient America. The accounts are substantiated by the testimony of the Native Americans who lived in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions of North America. American Indians speak of a people who were skilled in arts and engaged in trade whose remains could be found in the burial mounds. These legends are validated by the hundreds of miles of canals extending into the Mississippi River and the extensive copper and lead mines. Early settlers in the Ohio Valley described ancient cities with well-defined evidence of streets laid out at regular intervals and intersected at right angles with other streets. Stone macadamized roads were also evidence of an industrious people engaged in commerce. New information from the British Isles places the Celtic peoples on the Island earlier than previously believed. The Celtic pagan religion is superimposed on ancient sites in the Ohio Valley with indistinguishable characteristics. Ancient ceremonial sites in the Ohio Valley are re-examined under the looking glass of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses. The ancient mound builders practiced a cult of the dead and buried their deceased in burial mounds to act as portals to connect the living with the dead. These portals remain open today and are the gateways for much of the paranormal activity found in the Great Lakes region. While not the focus of the stories presented, many of the skeletons discovered at the ancient sites were of gigantic size. The connection to the paranormal is elaborated in the Book of Enoch, “And now the Giants, who have been begotten from body and flesh, will be called evil spirits on earth, and their dwelling-places will be upon the earth.” New documentation is presented that solves the mystery of who were the Hopewell Mound Builders. The Dakota Sioux legends place them in the Ohio Valley at the time when the great geometric earthworks were being constructed. They were called “The Snake People” by the Algonquins. Identical serpent effigies are found in the historic Dakota lands that overlap the Hopewell interaction sphere. Other Indians tribes concur in their legends that this was true along with age-old place names that corroborate the Dakota Sioux as the builders of the effigy mounds in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, and Indiana.

©2017 Fritz Zimmerman (P)2017 Fritz Zimmerman

Narrator: Linda LongCrane
Category: History, World
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Romance of the Grail

Summary

The first collection of Joseph Campbell’s writings and lectures on the Arthurian romances of the Middle Ages, a central focus of his celebrated scholarship, edited and introduced by Arthurian scholar Evans Lansing Smith, PhD, the chair of Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Throughout his life, Joseph Campbell was deeply engaged in the study of the Grail Quests and Arthurian legends of the European Middle Ages. In this new volume of the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, editor Evans Lansing Smith collects Campbell’s writings and lectures on Arthurian legends, including his never-before-published master’s thesis on Arthurian myth, “A Study of the Dolorous Stroke.” Campbell’s writing captures the incredible stories of such figures as Merlin, Gawain, and Guinevere as well as the larger patterns and meanings revealed in these myths. Merlin’s death and Arthur receiving Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake, for example, are not just vibrant stories but also central to the mythologist’s thinking. The Arthurian myths opened the world of comparative mythology to Campbell, turning his attention to the Near and Far Eastern roots of myth. Calling the Arthurian romances the world’s first “secular mythology,” Campbell found metaphors in them for human stages of growth, development, and psychology. The myths exemplify the kind of love Campbell called amor, in which individuals become more fully themselves through connection. Campbell’s infectious delight in his discoveries makes this volume essential for anyone intrigued by the stories we tell - and the stories behind them.

©2017 Publishing Bloom LLC. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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The Sea Wolves

9 ratings

Summary

In AD 793 Norse warriors struck the English isle of Lindisfarne and laid waste to it. Wave after wave of Norse "sea wolves" followed in search of plunder, land, or a glorious death in battle. Much of the British Isles fell before their swords, and the continental capitals of Paris and Aachen were sacked in turn. Turning east, they swept down the uncharted rivers of central Europe, captured Kiev, and clashed with mighty Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. But there is more to the Viking story than brute force. They were makers of law - the term itself comes from an Old Norse word - and they introduced a novel form of trial by jury to England. They were also sophisticated merchants and explorers who settled Iceland, founded Dublin, and established a trading network that stretched from Baghdad to the coast of North America. In The Sea Wolves, Lars Brownworth brings to life this extraordinary Norse world of epic poets, heroes, and travelers through the stories of the great Viking figures, including Leif the Lucky, Eric Bloodaxe, and Harald Hardrada. This riveting history illuminates the saga of the Viking age - a time that "has passed away, and grown dark under the cover of night."

©2014 Lars Brownworth (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Joe Barrett
Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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In the Heart of the Sea: Young Reader's Edition

1 rating

Summary

In the Heart of the Sea brings to new life the incredible story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex - the inspiration for the climax of Moby-Dick. In a harrowing pause resister, Nathaniel Philbrick restores this epic story to its rightful place in American history. In 1819, the 240-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage. Fifteen months later, in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, it was repeatedly rammed and sunk by an 80-ton bull sperm whale. Its 20-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, made for the 3,000-mile-distant coast of South America in three tiny boats. During 90 days at sea under horrendous conditions, the survivors clung to life as, one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear. In the Heart of the Sea tells perhaps the greatest sea story ever. Philbrick interweaves his account of this extraordinary ordeal of ordinary men with a wealth of whale lore and with a brilliantly detailed portrait of the lost, unique community of Nantucket whalers. Impeccably researched and beautifully told, the audiobook delivers the ultimate portrait of man against nature. At once a literary companion and a pause resister that speaks to the same issues of class, race, and man's relationship to nature that permeate the works of Melville, In the Heart of the Sea will endure as a vital work of American history.

©2015 Nathaniel Philbrick (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Taylor Mali
Category: History, World
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
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History of Internet

Summary

The Internet is perhaps one of the most indispensable tools of modern times where people simply cannot imagine a life without it, or even the world without it. It is one of the primary tools of technological evolution. Every era has had its own indispensable tool - for us in these modern times, it is none other than the Internet. Having such humble beginnings in the university campuses in the 1960s, the Internet would soon become a global phenomenon, a concept and a medium on its own. Universities now teach the origins of the Internet and how it has shaped culture over the last 50 years. It is indeed a field of study which involves continuous scrutiny and observation if one needs to understand how this global phenomenon really became global and how it governs almost everything we see around us. In this book, a brief understanding of the origins and evolution of the Internet will be discussed, and also how it has grown to become one of the foremost tools for technological innovation. In short, a brief, interesting history of the Internet, and its evolution.

©2016 Can Akdeniz (P)2016 Can Akdeniz

Narrator: Tracy Tupman
Author: IntroBooks
Category: History, World
Length: 43 mins
Available on Audible
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Euclid's Window

5 ratings

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Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology. Based on Mlodinow's extensive historical research; his studies alongside colleagues such as Richard Feynman and Kip Thorne; and interviews with leading physicists and mathematicians such as Murray Gell-Mann, Edward Witten, and Brian Greene, Euclid's Window is an extraordinary blend of rigorous, authoritative investigation and accessible, good-humored storytelling that makes a stunningly original argument asserting the primacy of geometry. For those who have looked through Euclid's Window, no space, no thing, and no time will ever be quite the same.

©2009 Leonard Mlodinow (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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The Year Without Summer

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1816 was a remarkable year - mostly for the fact that there was no summer. As a result of a volcanic eruption at Mount Tambora in Indonesia, weather patterns were disrupted worldwide for months, allowing for excessive rain, frost, and snowfall through much of the Northeastern US and Europe in the summer of 1816.  In the US, the extraordinary weather produced food shortages, religious revivals, and extensive migration from New England to the Midwest. In Europe, the cold and wet summer led to famine, food riots, the transformation of stable communities into wandering beggars, and one of the worst typhus epidemics in history. 1816 was the year Frankenstein was written. It was also the year Turner painted his fiery sunsets. All of these things are linked to global climate change - something we are quite aware of now, but that was utterly mysterious to people in the 19th century, who concocted all sorts of reasons for such an ungenial season.  Making use of a wealth of source material and employing a compelling narrative approach featuring peasants and royalty, politicians, writers, and scientists, The Year Without Summer by William K. Klingaman and Nicholas P. Klingaman examines not only the climate change engendered by the volcano, but also its effects on politics, the economy, the arts, and social structures.

©2013 William K. Klingaman and nicholas P. Klingaman (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: David Colacci
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Amazing Black History Facts

Summary

Do you like Trivia? Black history? Learning? Then this book has the information you need regarding black history through the years. A few of the stories are well known, others might be new to you.

©2019 Naomi Flowers (P)2019 Naomi Flowers

Narrator: Laura Vandiver
Category: History, World
Length: 41 mins
Available on Audible
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Pirates and Pickled Heads

Summary

A collection of valiant vessels and storied sea captains from years past, Pirates and Pickled Heads is an eclectic look at some of Scotland’s most unusual maritime stories. Within four sections spanning the personalities, ships, places, and pirates of Scotland, you’ll discover an intriguing nautical history nestled among sweeping sea views and lush coastal landscapes. From tales of warrior lords and privateers to the mystery of the Maggie Smith, and the strange legend of the remote island of Rona, you’ll explore the unique seafaring history of Scotland.

©2019 Helen Susan Swift (P)2019 Helen Susan Swift

Narrator: Wendy Lap
Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Chasing the Moon

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JFK issued the historic moon landing challenge. These are the stories of the visionaries who helped America complete his vision with the first lunar landing 50 years ago. A Companion Book to the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE® Film on PBS® Going in depth to explore their stories beyond the PBS series, writer/producer Robert Stone - called “one of our most important documentary filmmakers” by Entertainment Weekly - brings these important figures to brilliant life.  In 1961, President John F. Kennedy proposed the nation spend $20 billion to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade. Based on eyewitness accounts and newly discovered archival material, Chasing the Moon reveals for the first time the unknown stories of the fascinating individuals whose imaginative work across several decades culminated in America’s momentous achievement. More than a story of engineers and astronauts, the moon landing - now celebrating its 50th anniversary - grew out of the dreams of science fiction writers, filmmakers, military geniuses, and rule-breaking scientists. They include:  Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, whose writing inspired some of the key players in the moon race. A scientific paper he wrote in his 20s led to the US beating Russia in one area of space: communications satellites.  Wernher von Braun, the former Nazi military genius who oversaw Hitler's rocket weapons program. After working on ballistic missiles for the US Army, he was recruited by NASA to manage the creation of the Saturn V moon rocket.  Astronaut Frank Borman, commander of the first mission to circumnavigate the moon, whose powerful testimony before Congress in 1967 decisively saved the US lunar program from being cancelled.  Poppy Northcutt, a young mathematician who was the first woman to work in Mission Control. Her media exposure as a unique presence in this all-male world allowed her the freedom to stand up for equal rights for women and minorities.  Edward Dwight, an African American astronaut candidate, recruited at the urging of the Kennedy White House to further the administration’s civil rights agenda - but not everyone welcomed his inclusion. Setting these key players in the political, social, and cultural climate of the time, Chasing the Moon focuses on the science and the history but, most important, the extraordinary individuals behind what was undoubtedly the greatest human achievement of the 20th century.

©2019 Robert L. Stone (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Holter Graham
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Apollo 8

15 ratings

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This program includes a bonus conversation with Commander Frank Borman plus archival audio from Apollo 8's lunar orbit and from the cockpit during the mission. The untold story of the historic voyage to the moon that closed out one of our blackest, bloodiest years with a nearly unimaginable triumph In August 1968 NASA made a bold decision: In just 16 weeks, the United States would launch humankind's first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another. Meanwhile, the Russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter by the month, and President Kennedy's promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken. But when Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders were summoned to a secret meeting and told of the dangerous mission, they instantly signed on. Written with all the color and verve of the best narrative nonfiction, Apollo 8 takes us from Mission Control to the astronauts' homes, from the test labs to the launchpad. The race to prepare an untested rocket for an unprecedented journey paves the way for the hair-raising trip to the moon. Then, on Christmas Day, a nation that has suffered a horrendous year of assassinations and war is heartened by an inspiring message from the trio of astronauts in lunar orbit. And when the mission is over - after the first view of the far side of the moon, the first Earth-rise, and the first reentry through the Earth's atmosphere following a flight to deep space - the impossible dream of walking on the moon suddenly seems within reach. The full story of Apollo 8 has never been told, and only Jeffrey Kluger - Jim Lovell's coauthor on their best-selling book about Apollo 13 - can do it justice. Here is the tale of a mission that was both a calculated risk and a wild crapshoot, a stirring account of how three American heroes forever changed our view of the home planet.

©2017 Jeffrey Kluger (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Brian Troxell
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Elixir

Summary

Elixir spans five thousand years, from the beginnings of civilization to the parched American Sun Belt of today. It is a story of human endeavor: our present-day interaction with this most essential resource has deep roots in the remote past, and every human culture has been shaped by its relationship to water. For the earliest hunter-gatherers, knowing where to find water was a matter of life and death; the "songlines" of Australia's Aborigines define the whole landscape as a map of sacred water sources. In many agricultural societies, from Africa to the rice fields of Bali, a communal "water philosophy" surrounds the precious resource with social traditions that preserve fair access for people upstream and down. The sweeping narrative moves from the Greeks and Romans, whose mighty acqueducts still water modern cities, to China, where emperors marshaled armies of laborers in a centuries-long struggle, still ongoing today, to tame the country's powerful rivers. Medieval Europe and then the Industrial Revolution brought ingenious new solutions to water management---but, for the first time, turned water into a commodity to be bought, sold, and exploited rather than a natural force to be worshiped and husbanded. By the twentieth century, technology allowed the American desert to sparkle with swimming pools and lush golf courses---with little regard for sustainability. With his customary elegance and peerless scholarship, Brian Fagan illustrates that the past teaches us that technologies for solving one or another water problem are not enough. From a practical standpoint, we still live at the mercy of the natural world. To solve the water crises of the future we may need to adapt the water ethos of our ancestors.

©2011 Brian Fagan (P)2011 Tantor

Narrator: James Langton
Author: Brian Fagan
Category: History, World
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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C'era una volta la DDR

Summary

Fonti ufficiose affermano che nella Germania dell'Est gli informatori al servizio della Stasi, la potente polizia segreta, fossero una persona ogni sei abitanti e nel dopo-1989, all'apertura degli archivi, con grande sorpresa si è scoperto quante famiglie allevassero al proprio interno informatori incaricati di riferire allo stato i pensieri e le aspirazioni dei propri familiari. In un libro scritto con una suggestiva tonalità narrativa, Anna Funder ci riconduce in quell'esperienza, ascoltando sia ex funzionari governativi e informatori, sia persone che hanno avuto la vita spezzata da una repressione immotivata. >> Questo audiobook in edizione integrale vi è offerto in esclusiva per Audible ed è disponibile solamente in formato audio digitale.

©2010 Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore S.r.l. Tradotto da Bruno Amato (P)2016 Audible Studios

Narrator: Valentina Mari
Author: Anna Funder
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Astoria

2 ratings

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At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history's dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent. Astoria is the harrowing tale of the quest to settle a Jamestown-like colony on the Pacific coast. Astor set out to establish a global trade network based at the mouth of the Columbia River in what is now Oregon, while Jefferson envisioned a separate democracy on the western coast that would spread eastward to meet the young United States. Astor backed this ambitious enterprise with the vast fortune he'd made in the fur trade and in New York real estate since arriving in the United States as a near-penniless immigrant soon after the Revolutionary War. He dispatched two groups of men west: One by sea around the southern tip of South America and one by land over the Rockies. Unfolding from 1810 to 1813, Astoria is a tale of high adventure and incredible hardship, drawing extensively on firsthand accounts of those who made the journey. Though the colony itself would be short-lived, its founders opened provincial American eyes to the remarkable potential of the western coast, discovered the route that became the Oregon Trail, and permanently altered the nation's landscape and global standing.

©2014 Peter Stark (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Michael Kramer
Author: Peter Stark
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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Disappointment River

7 ratings

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In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled the 1,125 miles of the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, only to confront impassable pack ice. In 2016 the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling journey - and discovered the passage he could not find.  Disappointment River is a dual historical narrative and travel memoir that at once transports listeners back to the heroic age of North American exploration and places them in a still rugged but increasingly fragile Arctic wilderness in the process of profound alteration by the dual forces of energy extraction and climate change. Eleven years before Lewis and Clark, the Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie actually crossed the North American continent with a team of voyageurs and Indian guides. Before that he was the first to discover a route to the Arctic Ocean from the Great Lakes, along the river he named Disappointment because he believed he'd failed in his mission to find a trade route to the riches of the East. In fact he had - he was just two-plus centuries early.  In this book, Brian Castner not only retells the story of Mackenzie's epic voyages in vivid prose, he personally retraces his travels in an 1,125 mile canoe voyage down the river that bears his name, battling exhaustion, exposure, mosquitoes, white-water rapids, and the threat of bears. He transports listeners to a world rarely glimpsed in the media, of tar sands, thawing permafrost, remote Native American villages, and, at the end, a wide open Arctic Ocean that is quickly becoming a far-northern Mississippi of barges and pipelines and oil money. 

©2018 Brian Castner (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Brian Castner
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Without a Trace: 1881-2016

Summary

For many, aviation still brings with it an air of mystery...a century-long magic trick. Though most of us will board an aircraft at some point in our lives, we know little about how they work and the procedures surrounding their operation. It is that mystery that makes these losses, such as the vanishing of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, so terrifying. Without a Trace: 1881-2016 explores the most interesting of these disappearances: mysteries that have baffled investigators for years. Occasionally tragic and frequently amusing, Without a Trace: 1881-2016 is unerringly accurate and informative.  Sylvia Wrigley introduces the crews, innocent bystanders, and rescuers in this collection of true stories. Documenting the popular theories from each case, she uses her knowledge and experience as a pilot and an aviation journalist to demystify aviation jargon and narrow down each disappearance to the most likely explanations. This collection spans 150 years and explores the human failings of great aviators, explorers, and celebrities who have pushed the limits of flight and ended up at the heart of a mystery. The stories encompass airships, military jets, and commercial airlines - all of which have vanished without a trace.

©2019 Sylvia Wrigley (P)2019 Sylvia Wrigley

Narrator: Charlie Boswell
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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The English Bulldog and French Poodle in Africa

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Napoleon could not have known it, but his campaign was the start of 150 years of imperialism along the Nile River, as Europeans endeavored to explore, control, and colonize the Nile River. This would bring them into all kinds of conflicts, not just with the indigenous natives residing there but also with each other, as each empire sought to get a leg up on the competition.  Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign failed in all of its objectives other than in the acquisition of knowledge. Far from frustrating British ambitions in the Orient, the British triumphed in the minor war that Napoleon triggered, and it was the British who would dominate Egypt for the next 150 years.  Even after the British took control of Egypt, knowledge about the Nile remained sparse, most importantly the source of the river, and exploration all over the continent took place among adventurers of various nationalities. Other countries also sought to get a foothold on the continent, to the extent that near the end of the 19th century, Otto von Bismarck, the German chancellor, brought the plenipotentiaries of all major powers of Europe together to deal with Africa's colonization in such a manner as to avoid provocation of war.  This event, known as the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885, galvanized a phenomenon that came to be known as the Scramble for Africa. The conference established two fundamental rules for European seizure of Africa. The first of these was that no recognition of annexation would be granted without evidence of a practical occupation, and the second, that a practical occupation would be deemed unlawful without a formal appeal for protection made on behalf of a territory by its leader, a plea that must be committed to paper in the form of a legal treaty.

©2020 Charles River Editors (P)2020 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Daniel Houle
Category: History, World
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Zapotec Civilization: A History from Beginning to End

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The Zapotecs formed one of the most important of the pre-Columbian civilizations. For 1,000 years, their main city of Monte Albán was one of the largest and most sophisticated in Mesoamerica. Building this city was an astonishing engineering feat - it involved flattening a hill in the center of the Oaxaca Valley to create an artificial plateau and then constructing a series of large, ornate buildings on this inaccessible site. Maintaining this large city on a site with no natural source of water must have required an enormous and willing workforce. Despite this, Monte Albán became one of the largest and most important cities in Mesoamerica, and the Zapotecs came to dominate not just the Oaxaca Valley but many adjacent lands. You will hear about... The emergence of the Zapotecs and Monte Albán Monte Albán phase one to five Zapotec architecture, art, and science Zapotec religion and society Legacy And much more! We don’t know why or how the Zapotecs suddenly seemed to acquire new engineering and architectural skills, but their rise to prominence was astonishingly swift. Once in a position of dominance, they maintained their hold over the region for more than 1,000 years. Then, for reasons that are equally unclear, the Zapotecs faced a slow decline which saw them abandon Monte Albán to decay and ruin and return to the Oaxaca Valley floor to become once again a mainly agrarian, peasant people. The Zapotecs still exist as a separate culture in Mexico, but they have never regained their prominence and are now little more than one of the indigenous peoples of that region. This is the story of the rapid rise and gradual decline of the ancient Zapotec people.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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New World Coming

Summary

Jazz. Bootleggers. Flappers. Talkies. Model T Fords. Lindbergh's history-making flight over the Atlantic. The 1920s was also the decade of the hard-won vote for women, racial injustice, censorship, social conflict, and the birth of organized crime. Chronicling what he sees as the most significant decade of the past century, the author vividly portrays the 1920s, focusing on the men and women who shaped this extraordinary time, including three of America's most conservative presidents. New World Coming is an incisive, thoroughly readable account of an age that defined America.

©2002 Nathan Miller (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

Narrator: Lloyd James
Category: History, World
Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Dead Reckoning

7 ratings

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With this book - his most ambitious yet - Ken McGoogan delivers a vivid, comprehensive recasting of Arctic-exploration history. Dead Reckoning challenges the conventional narrative, which emerged out of Victorian England and focused almost exclusively on Royal Navy officers. By integrating non-British and fur-trade explorers and, above all, Canada's indigenous peoples, this work brings the story of Arctic discovery into the 21st century. Orthodox history celebrates such naval figures as John Franklin, Edward Parry and James Clark Ross. Dead Reckoning tells their stories, but the book also encompasses such forgotten heroes as Thanadelthur, Akaitcho, Tattanoeuck, Ouligbuck, Tookoolito and Ebierbing, to name just a few. Without the assistance of the Inuit, Franklin's recently discovered ships, Erebus and Terror, would still be lying undiscovered at the bottom of the polar sea. The book ranges from the 16th century to the present day, looks at climate change and the politics of the Northwest Passage, and recognizes the cultural diversity of a centuries-old quest. Informed by the author's own voyages and researches in the Arctic, Dead Reckoning is a colourful, multidimensional saga that demolishes myths, exposes pretenders and celebrates unsung heroes. For international listeners, it sets out a new story of Arctic discovery. For Canadians, it brings that story home.

©2017 Ken McGoogan (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: David Godfrey
Author: Ken McGoogan
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Everyday Subversion

Summary

This important book traces the evolution of grassroots social movement in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) and reveals the democratically spirited, subversive forms of communication that were practiced behind the Wall before it fell on November 9, 1989. From the political jokes that were shared in private, to the informational events, small group work, underground publications, and weekly "peace prayers" that were sheltered by Evangelical-Lutheran churches, to the demonstrations of 1989, to the onslaught of exposé work after the fall of the Wall, East Germans resisted and rebelled against the state in a number of humble but rhetorically brilliant ways. Working from firsthand interviews and other primary source materials, Kerry Kathleen Riley brings listeners closer to the people who helped bring down the Wall and heightens our appreciation for the subversive impact of everyday political communication. Here we see how speech, social interactions, and rudimentary print materials can keep democratic sensibilities alive for a populace while courageous individuals do the painstaking work of opening up the space, both physical and rhetorical, for social change to occur. We see the power of a private political culture, the role that can be played by churches, the importance of small group activities to social movements, the crucial work of intermediaries and "hidden hands," and the step-by-step winning of the street for political action. We also see what happens to the hard-earned tradition of GDR truth-telling when the East German story is finally open to all. The book is published by Michigan State University Press.

©2008 Kerry Kathleen Riley (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Cynthia Wallace
Category: History, World
Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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Imperios y espadazos [Empires and Swords]

1 rating

Summary

Basado en el canal de YouTube, pero esta es otra historia. ¿Es aburrida la Historia? Eso depende de quién te la cuente. Con este audio libro te lo pasarás de lujo oyendo y adentrándote en la fascinante Antigüedad. Los hechos más importantes de este periodo reunidos en un único volumen lleno de curiosidades y anécdotas, y relatados en orden cronológico para que no te pierdas. Descubre a través de esta divertida obra los misterios que esconden temas como el origen de la vida en la Tierra en el remoto mundo prehistórico, la fundación de la primera gran civilización en Sumeria, la construcción de las enormes pirámides del Antiguo Egipto, el colapso del Bronce por los Pueblos del Mar, el desarrollo de la democracia griega, o la expansión de Roma por todo el Mediterráneo hasta la llegada de los temibles bárbaros germánicos. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2017 Andoni Garrido Fernández (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Cesar Martín
Category: History, World
Length: 22 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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The Space Race: A History from Beginning to End

Summary

During 14 years, from 1955 to 1969, the Soviet Union and the United States of America were engaged in a dramatic race against each other to conquer space. This period encompassed dramatic victories, humbling defeats, and more than one tragedy. This is a story of human courage and ingenuity at its best and political maneuvering at its worst, of almost unbelievable technological progress undertaken with the object not just of advancing human knowledge but also of proving the superiority of one country over another. Here's what you'll learn about: From missiles to rockets Russia takes the lead Early American failures The first men in space Fatalities on both sides The moon landing And much more! The space race culminated in man setting foot upon the moon, but each milestone on the way to that final goal was bitterly contested. Two powerful nations pledged a substantial part of their national resources to beat the other in a scientific and technological race to be the first to achieve new records. In terms of contests between major powers, there has never been anything quite as dramatic, public, and sustained as the space race; it remains one of the most fascinating and engaging episodes of the Cold War.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Conquest of the Tropics

Summary

This narrative about the creation and early growth of the United Fruit Company comes across like an adventure novel. The author whisks the listener to Central America to experience the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of a group of visionaries who carved a commercial empire out of virtually uninhabited Central American tropical jungles. These American businessmen and the people who worked for them were the early pioneers. They overcame tropical disease, financial problems, weather, and other obstacles by innovation and sheer grit. All of this is splendidly narrated in this important audiobook about a critical driving force in the history of Central America.

©2019 Heidi Wall (P)2019 Heidi Wall

Narrator: Heidi Wall
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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The Ocean of Churn

3 ratings

Summary

In this ambitious audiobook, best-selling author Sanjeev Sanyal chronicles the grand sweep of history from East Africa to Australia, conjuring the great cities of Angkor and Vijayanagar, medieval Arab empires, and Chinese "treasure fleets" in rich, vivid detail. He explores remote archaeological sites, maritime trading networks, and half-forgotten oral tales to challenge established historical narratives with fresh evidence.  Shining new light on medieval geopolitics and long-lost cities, The Ocean of Churn is a mesmerizing journey into the heart of a vibrant civilization.

©2016 Sanjeev Sanyal (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Abhishek Sharma
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Virus 1918: Spanish Influenza - The Words of People Who Lived It.

Summary

"...with the dead body of his son for company on the last half of the trip and himself delirious with Spanish influenza..." “...take the secretions from the noses and throats of influenza patients and place them in the noses and throats of the volunteers.” “...the casket was placed upon the porch and the heart-broken mother and daughter stepped out the door and took a last look at the face of the dead.” This audiobook contains actual newspaper articles printed during the most deadly pandemic in recent history - the Spanish Influenza in 1918. These are hand-selected stories that are frightening, enraging, touching, and inspiring. You will meet heroes and villains. You will hear tragic stories of suffering and loss. You will find inspirational stories of doctors, nurses and average people who gave everything to save others. Each section of this audiobook also includes fascinating contextual and historical information to help bring the stories and situations to life. With recent outbreaks like SARS, MERS, and COVID-19, you will see stark similarities between then and now as you hear the words of the actual people who experienced the deadly Spanish Influenza.  These articles are real stories of real people as found in newspapers across the country in 1918 and 1919. We have recreated these newspaper articles word for word so you can experience the world through their eyes.  This audiobook is organized by topics that flow together smoothly so it can be listened to easily from beginning to end. For those of you who prefer to focus on specific topics, you can skip around the audiobook without missing critical information.  In either case, I think you will find the information enlightening, fascinating, and helpful during this critical part of our country’s history.

©2020 Robert John Hadfield (P)2020 Robert John Hadfield

Category: History, World
Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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The Philippines

Summary

Strategically located, the Philippine Islands have been one of the keys to American policy in the Pacific. But this loose island chain has a better history, vacillating between oppression and rebellion. America's military installations here ensure that she will be caught in any Filipino conflict.

©1991 Knowledge Products, Inc. (P)1991 Knowledge Products, Inc.

Category: History, World
Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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Los hornos de Hitler

1 rating

Summary

Una sobreviviente de los campos de concentración de Auschwitz y de Birkenau. La visión de cinco chimeneas arrojando el humo de la carne quemada de centenares de miles de seres humanos, entre ellos los padres y los dos hijos de la escritora. Cómo eran y actuaban los dirigentes de Auschwitz y Belsen; quién fue Joseph Kramer, juzgado como el criminal número uno en el proceso de Luneburg. Olga Lengyel conservó como testimonio de esta experiencia las cicatrices y la marca del cautiverio, pruebas que mantuvieron incólume su espíritu de humanismo. En Los hornos de Hitler la autora narra al mundo civilizado el horror de los campos de exterminio nazis. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2010 Olga Lengyel (P)2018 Editorial Planeta México

Narrator: Wendy Cavazos
Author: Olga Lengyel
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
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Shores of Knowledge

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An engrossing history of the voyages of exploration that ignited curiosity about nature and gave birth to modern science. When Columbus first returned to Spain from the Caribbean, he dazzled King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella with exotic parrots, tropical flowers, and bits of gold. Inspired by the promise of riches, countless seafarers poured out of the Iberian Peninsula and wider Europe in search of spices, treasure, and land. Many returned with strange tales of the New World. Curiosity began to percolate through Europe as the New World’s people, animals, and plants ruptured prior assumptions about the biblical description of creation. The Church, long fearful of challenges to its authority, could no longer suppress the mantra “Dare to know!” Noblemen began collecting cabinets of curiosities; soon others went from collecting to examining natural objects with fresh eyes. Observation led to experiments; competing conclusions triggered debates. The foundations for the natural sciences were laid as questions became more multifaceted and answers became more complex. Carl Linneaus developed a classification system and sent students around the globe looking for specimens. Museums, botanical gardens, and philosophical societies turned their attention to nature. National governments undertook explorations of the Pacific. Eminent historian Joyce Appleby vividly recounts the explorers’ triumphs and mishaps, including Magellan’s violent death in the Philippines; the miserable trek of the “new Argonauts” across the Andes on their mission to determine the true shape of the earth; and how two brilliant scientists, Alexander Humboldt and Charles Darwin, traveled to the Americas for evidence to confirm their hypotheses about the earth and its inhabitants. Drawing on detailed eyewitness accounts, Appleby also tells of the turmoil created in the all societies touched by the explorations. This sweeping, global story imbues the Age of Discovery with fresh meaning, elegantly charting its stimulation of the natural sciences, which ultimately propelled Western Europe toward modernity.

©2013 Joyce Appleby (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Joel Richards
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
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The Secret Societies of All Ages and Countries, Volume 1

2 ratings

Summary

Volume one of the two-volume encyclopedia of Secret Societies.  First written in 1875, this University Press edition duplicates the second edition of 1893, which was completely revised and rewritten.  A fascinating work, to which any serious researcher of Secret Societies must eventually turn, the modern-day student of history must remember the scholarly and archeological limitations of the day when it was written.

©2020 Grimerica Inc (P)2020 Grimerica Inc

Narrator: Graham Dunlop
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Conquest of the Americas

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Was Christopher Columbus's voyage to the Americas in 1492 the most important event in the history of the world? Professor Eakin's provocative answer is a resounding "Yes" - as he presents his case in an intriguing series of 24 lectures. He argues that the voyage gave birth to the distinct identity of the Americas today by creating a collision between three distinct cultures - European, African, and Native American - that radically transformed the view of the world on both sides of the Atlantic. These thoughtful lectures will remind you that when Columbus completed his voyage, he found a people unlike any he had ever known, living in a land unmentioned in any of the great touchstones of Western knowledge. You'll learn how the European world, animated by the great dynamic forces of the day, Christianity and commercial capitalism, reacted to Columbus's discovery with voyages of conquest-territorial, cultural, and spiritual - throughout the New World. And you'll see the traumatic consequences - not only for the native peoples of the Americas, but for the people of Africa, as well, millions of whom had their lives altered by the transatlantic slave trade that resulted. Yet these lectures are far more than an account of heroes and villains, or victors and victims. They form a dramatic, sweeping tale of the complex blending of three peoples into one-forming new societies and cultures that were neither European, African, nor Native American, but uniquely American. While Professor Eakin readily identifies his own interpretation of events, he generously showcases competing views, and you'll benefit enormously from the many works he cites for further study.

©2002 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2002 The Great Courses

Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
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Heretics and Heroes

1 rating

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From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history - this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary audiobook. In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century. Beginning with the continent-wide disaster of the Black Death, Cahill traces the many developments in European thought and experience that served both the new humanism of the Renaissance and the seemingly abrupt religious alterations of the increasingly radical Reformation. This is an age of the most sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies and of newly found courage, as many thousands refuse to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past. It is an era of just-discovered continents and previously unknown peoples. More than anything, it is a time of individuality in which a whole culture must achieve a new balance if the West is to continue.

©2013 Thomas Cahill (P)2013 Random House Audio

Narrator: Thomas Cahill
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Atlas of a Lost World

Summary

From the author of Apocalyptic Planet, an unsparing, vivid, revelatory travelogue through prehistory that traces the arrival of the First People in North America 20,000 years ago and the artifacts that enable us to imagine their lives and fates. Scientists squabble over the locations and dates for human arrival in the New World. The first explorers were few, encampments fleeting. At some point in time, between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, sea levels were low enough that a vast land bridge was exposed between Asia and North America. But the land bridge was not the only way across.  This book upends our notions of where these people came from and who they were. The unpeopled continent they reached was inhabited by megafauna - mastodons, sloths, mammoths, saber-toothed cats, lions, bison, and bears. The First People were not docile - Paleolithic spear points are still encrusted with the protein of their prey - but they were wildly outnumbered, and many were prey to the much larger animals. This is a chronicle of the last millennia of the Ice Age, the gradual oscillations and retreat of glaciers, the clues and traces that document the first encounters of early humans, and the animals whose presence governed the humans' chances for survival.

©2018 Craig Childs (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Craig Childs
Author: Craig Childs
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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The Glory and the Dream

1 rating

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This great time capsule of a book captures the abundant popular history of the United States from 1932 to 1972. It encompasses politics, military history, economics, the lively arts, science, fashion, fads, social change, sexual mores, communications, graffiti...everything and anything indigenous that can be captured in print.   The Glory and the Dream chronicles the progress of life in the United States, from the time William Manchester and his generation reached the beginning of awareness in the desperate summer of '32 to President Nixon's Second Inaugural Address and the opening scenes of Watergate. Masterfully compressing four crowded decades of our history, Manchester relives the epic, significant, or just memorable events that befell the generation of Americans whose lives pivoted between the America before and the America after the Second World War.

©1974 William Manchester (P)1994 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach
Category: History, World
Length: 57 hrs and 23 mins
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Mutiny on Board H.M.S. Bounty

Summary

In 1787, William Bligh, commander of the Bounty, sailed under Captain Cook on a voyage to Tahiti to collect plants of the breadfruit tree, with a view to acclimatizing the species to the West Indies. During their six-month stay on the island, his men became completely demoralized, and on the return voyage mutinied. Yet a resentful crew, coupled with ravaging storms and ruthless savages, proved to be merely stages leading up to the anxiety-charged ordeal to come. Bligh, along with 18 men, was cast adrift in an open boat only 23 feet long, with a small stock of provisions, and without a chart. His narrative, deeply personal yet objective, documents the voyage and Bligh’s relationships to his men, and thereby exposes the oft debated question of what manner of man he really was.

Public Domain (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Bernard Mayes
Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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The History of World Literature

6 ratings

Summary

Whether around the campfire, between the covers of a great book, or in the theater, the desire to tell stories has been a common human impulse for thousands of years. These 48 lectures take you on a journey through time and around the world- from the enormous auditoriums of ancient Greece to a quiet study in the home of a 19th-century New England spinster- to introduce the history of world literature. In this course, you'll sample some of the greatest literary expressions the world has known and experience storytelling in its many forms, including poetry, drama, and narrative. You'll explore: the ancient world, where tribal bards created national myths and founded religious texts out of legends, history, philosophy, and local lore; the countryside and aristocratic courts of India and the Middle East, collecting stories and folklore of magical men, terrifying beasts, alluring women, and conniving tricksters that live on in today's fairy tales and bedtime stories; the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment to trace the evolution of storytelling from the poetic masterpiece of Dante's Inferno to the great drama pioneered by Shakespeare to sophisticated narratives such as Wu Ch'eng-en's Monkey and Voltaire's Candide; and the rise of Realism in the works of Flaubert, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov and the development of experimental modes by Brecht, Beckett, and Borges. Offering concise summaries and thought-provoking interpretations of some of the world's greatest literary masterpieces, this course gives you the tools you need to appreciate these great literary works and understand how authors, playwrights, and poets throughout the centuries have practiced their craft. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2007 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2007 The Great Courses

Narrator: Grant L. Voth
Category: History, World
Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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Millennium

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History's greatest tour guide, Ian Mortimer, takes us on an eye-opening and expansive journey through the last millennium of human innovation. In Millennium, best-selling historian Ian Mortimer takes the listener on a whirlwind tour of the last 10 centuries of Western history. It is a journey into a past vividly brought to life and bursting with ideas, that pits one century against another in his quest to measure which century saw the greatest change. We journey from a time when there was a fair chance of your village being burned to the ground by invaders - and dried human dung was a recommended cure for cancer - to a world in which explorers sailed into the unknown and civilizations came into conflict with each other on an epic scale. Here is a story of godly scientists, fearless adventurers, coldhearted entrepreneurs, and strong-minded women - a story of discovery, invention, revolution, and cataclysmic shifts in perspective. Millennium is a journey into the past like no other. Our understanding of human development will never be the same again, and the lessons we learn along the way are profound ones for us all.

©2014 Ian Mortimer (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: John Lee
Author: Ian Mortimer
Category: History, World
Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
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The Last Days of the Incas

12 ratings

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In 1532, the 54-year-old Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro led a force of 167 men, including his four brothers, to the shores of Peru. Unbeknownst to the Spaniards, the Inca rulers of Peru had just fought a bloody civil war in which the emperor Atahualpa had defeated his brother, Huascar. Pizarro and his men soon clashed with Atahualpa and a huge force of Inca warriors at the Battle of Cajamarca. Despite being outnumbered by more than 200 to one, the Spaniards prevailed - due largely to their horses, their steel armor and swords, and their tactic of surprise. They captured and imprisoned Atahualpa. Although the Inca emperor paid an enormous ransom in gold, the Spaniards executed him anyway. The following year, the Spaniards seized the Inca capital of Cuzco, completing their conquest of the largest native empire the New World has ever known. Peru was now a Spanish colony, and the conquistadors were wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. But the Incas did not submit willingly. A young Inca emperor, the brother of Atahualpa, soon led a massive rebellion against the Spaniards, inflicting heavy casualties and nearly wiping out the conquerors. Eventually, however, Pizarro and his men forced the emperor to abandon the Andes and flee to the Amazon. There, he established a hidden capital, called Vilcabamba. Although the Incas fought a deadly, 36-year-long guerrilla war, the Spanish ultimately captured the last Inca emperor and vanquished the native resistance. Kim MacQuarrie lived in Peru for five years and became fascinated by the Incas and the history of the Spanish conquest. Drawing on both native and Spanish chronicles, he vividly describes the dramatic story of the conquest, with all its savagery and suspense.

©2007 Kim MacQuarrie (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

Narrator: Norman Dietz
Category: History, World
Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
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The Age of Empire

Summary

Eric Hobsbawm discusses the evolution of European economics, politics, arts, sciences, and cultural life from the height of the industrial revolution to the First World War. Hobsbawm combines vast erudition with a graceful prose style to re-create the epoch that laid the basis for the 20th century.

©1987 The Trustees of the Eric Hobsbawm Literary Estate (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Hugh Kermode
Category: History, World
Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
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African American History

Summary

Explore captivating stories and facts about African American history! The history of African Americans is a long and tragic chronicle of events. The people who dared to stand up and speak out against the systemic cruelty and oppression were often brutally killed for their efforts. This has created a rich tapestry of defiant and courageous leaders and followers who have gradually pressed for the evolution of thought within the United States of America. Discover personal stories, struggles, and achievements of people like: Harriet Tubman Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm X Rosa Parks Frederick Douglass And many more Some of the topics covered in this audiobook include:  The First Africans in America How Slaves Were Viewed African Americans' Contribution to Literature, Art, and Music The Fight for Independence Fugitive Slave Laws The Gabriel Prosser Revolt The Denmark Vesey Revolt The Beginning of the End of Slavery The Rallying Movements and Moments, and the Civil War Continued Oppression in Freedom and the Early Struggles for Equality Exodus from the South and the Fight for Education Within the South African Americans Begin to Stand Together Founding of Something New Through Pain and Self-Expression Integration and the Civil Rights Movement Those Who Fought for Their Inalienable Rights in a Country That Would Deny Them And a great deal more that you don't want to miss out on! Listen to this audiobook now to learn more!

©2017 Captivating History (P)2017 Captivating History

Narrator: Duke Holm
Category: History, World
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Romanesque

3 ratings

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Après Paris et les routes de France, Lorànt Deutsch aborde un sujet passionnant où son talent de conteur fait merveille ! Première surprise : l'ancêtre du français, ce n'est pas le gaulois mais le "roman", la langue romaine issue du latin de Jules César, le vainqueur de la Gaule ! En effet, au fil des invasions et de nos propres conquêtes, ce latin s'est transformé et enrichi de multiples apports : germaniques avec les Francs, nordiques avec les Vikings, arabes au moment des croisades, italiens à la Renaissance... avant de devenir un français triomphant dans toutes les cours d'Europe au XVIIIe siècle, grâce à nos philosophes. Entre-temps les troubadours ont inventé l'amour et les femmes écrivains réclamé leur émancipation, les grammairiens se sont occupés de la syntaxe et la réforme de l'orthographe a déjà rendu quelques linguistes fous ! Enfin, l'école obligatoire acheva de permettre à tous les citoyens français de communiquer. Aujourd'hui, l'abus des termes anglais, les mots issus de la culture urbaine et les raccourcis de nos Smartphones inquiètent les puristes... Ils ont tort : le temps fera le tri. Et de ce bouillonnement créatif continuera d'émerger une langue vivante, ouverte à tous : la langue française est une langue d'accueil.

©2018 Michel Lafon (P)2019 Audible Studios

Narrator: Lorant Deutsch
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Energy

15 ratings

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Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author Richard Rhodes reveals the fascinating history behind energy transitions over time - wood to coal to oil to electricity and beyond. People have lived and died, businesses have prospered and failed, and nations have risen to world power and declined, all over energy challenges. Ultimately, the history of these challenges tells the story of humanity itself. Through an unforgettable cast of characters, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes explains how wood gave way to coal and coal made room for oil, as we now turn to natural gas, nuclear power, and renewable energy. Rhodes looks back on five centuries of progress, through such influential figures as Queen Elizabeth I, King James I, Benjamin Franklin, Herman Melville, John D. Rockefeller, and Henry Ford. In Energy, Rhodes highlights the successes and failures that led to each breakthrough in energy production, from animal and water power to the steam engine, from internal combustion to the electric motor. He addresses how we learned from such challenges, mastered their transitions, and capitalized on their opportunities. Rhodes also looks at the current energy landscape, with a focus on how wind energy is competing for dominance with cast supplies of coal and natural gas. He also addresses the specter of global warming and a population hurtling toward 10 billion by 2100. Human beings have confronted the problem of how to draw life from raw material since the beginning of time. Each invention, each discovery, each adaptation brought further challenges, and through such transformations we arrived at where we are today. In Rhodes’ singular style, Energy details how this knowledge of our history can inform our way tomorrow. 

©2018 Richard Rhodes (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Jacques Roy
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
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To Explain the World

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In this rich, irreverent, and compelling history, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg takes us across centuries, from ancient Miletus to medieval Baghdad and Oxford, from Plato's Academy and the Museum of Alexandria to the cathedral school of Chartres and the Royal Society of London. He shows that the scientists of ancient and medieval times not only did not understand what we understand about the world--they did not understand what there is to understand or how to understand it. Yet over the centuries, through the struggle to solve such mysteries as the curious backward movement of the planets and the rise and fall of the tides, the modern discipline of science eventually emerged. Weinberg examines the historic clashes and collaborations that happened along the way between science and the competing spheres of religion, technology, poetry, mathematics, and philosophy. An illuminating exploration of the way we consider and analyze the world around us, To Explain the World is a sweeping, ambitious account of how difficult it was to discover the goals and methods of modern science and the impact this discovery had on human knowledge and development.

©2015 Steven Weinberg (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Tom Perkins
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
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Other Pasts, Different Presents, Alternative Futures

Summary

What if there had been no World War I or no Russian Revolution? What if Napoleon had won at Waterloo in 1815, or if Martin Luther had not nailed his complaints to the church door at Wittenberg in 1517, or if the South had won the American Civil War? The questioning of apparent certainties or "known knowns" can be fascinating and, indeed, "What if?" books are very popular. However, this speculative approach, known as counterfactualism, has had limited impact in academic histories, historiography, and the teaching of historical methods. In this book, Jeremy Black offers a short guide to the subject, one that's designed to argue its value as a tool for public and academe alike. Black focuses on the role of counterfactualism in demonstrating the part of contingency, and thus human agency, in history, and the salutary critique the approach offers to determinist accounts of past, present, and future. This book was published by Indiana University Press.

©2015 Jeremy M. Black (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks

Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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The Passage of Power

18 ratings

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National Book Critics Circle Award, Biography, 2013 The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark. For the first time, we see the Kennedy assassination through Lyndon Johnson’s eyes. We watch Johnson step into the presidency, inheriting a staff fiercely loyal to his slain predecessor; a Congress determined to retain its power over the executive branch; and a nation in shock and mourning. We see how within weeks - grasping the reins of the presidency with supreme mastery - he propels through Congress essential legislation that at the time of Kennedy’s death seemed hopelessly logjammed and seizes on a dormant Kennedy program to create the revolutionary War on Poverty. Caro makes clear how the political genius with which Johnson had ruled the Senate now enabled him to make the presidency wholly his own. This was without doubt Johnson’s finest hour, before his aspirations and accomplishments were overshadowed and eroded by the trap of Vietnam. It is an epic story told with a depth of detail possible only through the peerless research that forms the foundation of Robert Caro’s work, confirming Nicholas von Hoffman’s verdict that “Caro has changed the art of political biography.”

©2012 Robert A. Caro (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Grover Gardner
Category: History, World
Length: 32 hrs and 45 mins
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Foundations of Eastern Civilization

17 ratings

Summary

China. Korea. Japan. Southeast Asia. How did Eastern civilization develop? What do we know about the history, politics, governments, art, science, and technology of these countries? And how does the story of Eastern civilization play out in today's world of business, politics, and international exchange? Over the course of 48 ambitious lectures, take a grand journey through Eastern civilization to study everything from the material economy of day-to-day life to the political and religious philosophies that would bind these cultures together for thousands of years. While China is home to some of the great moments in world history and a major focal point for this course, you'll also take several extended forays into Central and Southeast Asia to build a comprehensive picture of Eastern civilization. "To truly understand the modern world, it is essential to know something about the many extraordinary contributions Eastern civilization has made," Professor Benjamin says. "Simply put, it is not enough to know just the 'Western' half of the story any more-both Eastern and Western are critical to understanding our present and our future." Now is your chance to fill in the other half of the story. You may be surprised to realize that all of us have been students of Eastern civilization, even if we have not been aware of it. Filled with captivating stories and surprising details, this course will open up an entirely new world for you as it unfolds the story of Eastern civilization. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2013 The Great Courses (P)2013 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, World
Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
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Never Remember

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"A book that belongs on the shelf alongside The Gulag Archipelago." (Kirkus Reviews) "A short, haunting and beautifully written book." (The Wall Street Journal) The Gulag was a monstrous network of labor camps that held and killed millions of prisoners from the 1930s to the 1950s. More than half a century after the end of Stalinist terror, the geography of the Gulag has been barely sketched and the number of its victims remains unknown. Has the Gulag been forgotten? Writer Masha Gessen and photographer Misha Friedman set out across Russia in search of the memory of the Gulag. They journey from Moscow to Sandarmokh, a forested site of mass executions during Stalin's Great Terror; to the only Gulag camp turned into a museum, outside of the city of Perm in the Urals; and to Kolyma, where prisoners worked in deadly mines in the remote reaches of the Far East. They find that in Vladimir Putin's Russia, where Stalin is remembered as a great leader, Soviet terror has not been forgotten: it was never remembered in the first place.

©2019 Masha Gessen (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Masha Gessen
Author: Masha Gessen
Category: History, World
Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
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Prehistoric Burial Rites and Advances in Metallurgy in the Bronze Age: Archaeology of Britain

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Find out how metal working developed during the Bronze Age Burial rites underwent a massive change in prehistoric times - find out what happened! Find out what changes occurred, how methods and techniques developed in metal working.  The Bronze Age as defined by the three-age system dates from 2500 BC to 600 BC and originally provided a convenient chronology of the subdivision of technological advances. The period is important in that it sees the spread of the use of metals and witnesses the development of metallurgy techniques to make the most of these new resources. Based on evidence from the archaeological record in the United Kingdom, Troy Newton takes an in-depth look at how burial rites changed between the second and third millennium BC. You'll find out: What happened to the long barrows When and why grave goods were included When the change occurred from excarnation to inhumation When ancestor worship changed to a more individual focus Buy this audiobook now!

©2018 Troy Newton (P)2018 Troy Newton

Author: Troy Newton
Category: History, World
Length: 23 mins
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La route de la soie II

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Deuxième partie de l'opus de Michel Datcharry sur la Route de la Soie qui retrace l'histoire du cœur de l'Asie centrale, l'Ouzbékistan et ses légendaires cités de Samarkand et Boukhara. Les conquérants y ont tour à tour détruit ou bâti empires, villes, civilisations, tandis que les peuples s'y mêlaient dans un formidable melting pot de croyances religieuses, langues et cultures. Michel Datcharry est un auteur atypique, qui n'est venu à l'histoire que tardivement. Elle s'est imposée à lui naturellement au gré de ses voyages et de ses marches comme étant le meilleur moyen de comprendre le monde et les peuples qui le composent. Il voue depuis plus de 30 ans une infatigable énergie à la recherche historique et à sa transmission, pour laquelle il possède un indéniable talent. Basco-béarnais, il a effectué des recherches fouillées sur l'histoire des Basques et de façon plus générale sur sa région, l'Aquitaine.

©2016 Datcharry / Photo fdecomite (P)2015 VOolume

Narrator: Marc Ducros
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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Sie sprechen mit der Stasi

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"Hoffentlich läuft das Tonband, Sie Anfänger!" Das Ministerium für Staatssicherheit der DDR: Schaltstelle zur Überwachung der Bürger und Archiv für Dokumente der Kontrolle und Bespitzelung. Was bis heute nicht nach außen drang, sind die Mitschnitte von Vernehmungen und unzähligen Anrufen aus DDR und BRD, um Mitbürger zu denunzieren: mögliche Grenzflüchtige, unerlaubte Warensendungen, mangelnde Gesinnung. Doch es gibt auch die andere Seite, die Sabotage: zum Beispiel den "Telefonterrormenschen", der regelmäßig anruft, um die Leitungen der Stasi zu blockieren... Die Autoren haben sich durch unzählige Stunden Originalton-Material gehört und daraus eine bewegende Collage geschaffen. Ein Dokument des Mitläufertums, des Verrats Vieler, aber auch des Widerspruchs und Widerstands mutiger Einzelner.

©2017 Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln, lizenziert durch die WDR mediagroup GmbH (P)2018 der Hörverlag

Narrator: div.
Category: History, World
Length: 53 mins
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Pandemics

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Are you interested in the history of epidemics? Look no further, you've found the right audiobook for you! There's something genuinely terrifying about epidemics. Maybe it's the speed at which a disease can spread. Or maybe it's the very fact that tiny viruses and bacteria manage to kill so many people. In the Middle Ages, the plague killed up to 60 percent of Europeans. In the 19th century, millions died of cholera. The last century has brought us several epidemics, starting with the Spanish flu and ending with AIDS. And the 21st century isn't going to be any easier. Despite all advances of medical technology, despite modern treatment options and despite universal healthcare in many countries, epidemics and pandemics continue to claim lives all over the world - and sometimes even the best doctors can do nothing. Are you curious about epidemics? Would you like to know more about the worst disease outbreaks in human history? Just get this informative and well-researched audiobook! Here's a sneak peek of what you'll find: How epidemics like the Black Death changed the course of history How a disease outbreak becomes an epidemic What governments can do to prevent and stop epidemics and pandemics The truth about pandemics and biological warfare How you can prepare for a pandemic and survive it The spillover effect This audiobook offers carefully researched and balanced information that's simply aimed to satisfy your curiosity. It stays away from conspiracy theories and political accusations, providing an honest account of the worst pandemics in human history - and honest advice on staying alive when a pandemic hits hard. Are you ready to learn more about the worst epidemics in history? Get your copy now!

©2020 Edgar Humprey (P)2020 Edgar Humprey

Narrator: John Doran
Category: History, World
Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
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This Country of Ours, Part 4

Summary

This Series, in seven parts, tells the story of America from the earliest founding through the days of Woodrow Wilson and The Great War (World War I). In Part 4, you'll hear stories of the Middle and Southern Colonies. 1. The Founding of Maryland 2. How New Amsterdam Became New York 3. How a German Ruled New York 4. Pirates! 5. The Founding of New Jersey 6. The Founding of Pennsylvania 7. How Benjamin Franklin Came to Philadelphia 8. The Founding of North and South Carolina 9. War with the Indians in North and South Carolina 10. The Founding of Georgia Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall (1867 – 1941) was a British author, most famous for her works of history for children. For decades, Marshall's books were ubiquitous in schools and home libraries. Much of the popularity of her works stems from her talent for making history read like good storytelling.

Public Domain (P)2004 Alcazar Audioworks

Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
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Aztec Civilization: A History from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable history of the Aztec Civilization....  The Aztec Empire dominated Mesoamerica for a relatively short time — less than 100 years — but it is remembered today more than other ancient cultures in the region which sustained for much longer. Partly that is because this was a relatively recent culture which was widely reported by the first Europeans to make contact with it. Another one of the reasons is because the Aztecs have become indelibly associated with human sacrifice. The sheer scale of these rituals caused horror and fascination in the first Europeans to encounter it. Anything up to eighty thousand victims may have been brutally killed during a single religious festival, and up to a quarter of a million people may have been sacrificed each year of Aztec rule. The seemingly insatiable need for victims to placate the Aztec gods even led to wars whose purpose was not conquest or plunder, but obtaining sacrificial victims.  Yet there was a great deal more to the Aztecs than human sacrifice. These people created a complex society and one of the largest cities in the world. They developed a sophisticated set of laws and made notable advances in astronomy and agriculture. In the course of less than one hundred years, the Aztecs came to dominate Mesoamerica and created an empire which looked set to continue for a very long time indeed. Then the first Spanish conquistadores arrived, and within less than two years, the Aztec Empire had been completely destroyed.  This is the story of the rise and fall of the Aztec Empire.  Discover a plethora of topics such as: Origins The creation of Tenochtitlan Aztec weapons and warfare The Triple Alliance The city of Tenochtitlan The Spanish Conquest And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on the Aztec Civilization, simply scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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This Country of Ours, Part 5

Summary

This Series, in seven parts, tells the story of America from the earliest founding through the days of Woodrow Wilson and The Great War (World War I). In Part 5, you'll hear stories of explorers and pioneers. 1. Stories of the French in America 2. How the Mississippi Was Discovered 3. King Williams ' War and Queen Anne's War 4. The Mississippi Bubble 5. How a Terrible Disaster Befell the British Army 6. The End of French Rule in America 7. The Rebellion of Pontiac Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall (1867 – 1941) was a British author, most famous for her works of history for children. For decades, Marshall's books were ubiquitous in schools and home libraries. Much of the popularity of her works stems from her talent for making history read like good storytelling.

Public Domain (P)2004 Alcazar Audioworks

Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
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The Conquering Family

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Thomas B. Costain's four-volume history of the Plantagenets begins with The Conquering Family and the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, closing with the reign of John in 1216. The troubled period after the Norman Conquest, when the foundations of government were hammered out between monarch and people, comes to life through Costain's storytelling skill and historical imagination.

©1983 Thomas B. Costain (P)2008 Books on Tape

Narrator: David Case
Category: History, World
Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Pacific

8 ratings

Summary

Following his acclaimed Atlantic and The Men Who United the States, New York Times best-selling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world, exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature. As the Mediterranean shaped the classical world and the Atlantic connected Europe to the New World, the Pacific Ocean defines our tomorrow. With China on the rise, so, too, are the American cities of the West Coast, including Seattle, San Francisco, and the long cluster of towns down the Silicon Valley. Today the Pacific is ascendant. Its geological history has long transformed us - tremendous earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis - but its human history, from a Western perspective, is quite young, beginning with Magellan's 16th-century circumnavigation. It is a natural wonder whose most fascinating history is currently being made. In telling the story of the Pacific, Simon Winchester takes us from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn, from the Yangtze River to the Panama Canal, and to the many small islands and archipelagos that lie in between. He observes the fall of a dictator in Manila, visits aboriginals in Northern Queensland, and is jailed in Tierra del Fuego, the land at the end of the world. His journey encompasses a trip down the Alaska Highway, a stop at the isolated Pitcairn Islands, a trek across South Korea, and a glimpse of its mysterious northern neighbor. Winchester's personal experience is vast and his storytelling second to none. And his historical understanding of the region is formidable, making Pacific a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty, myth, and imagination that is transforming our lives.

©2015 Simon Winchester (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

Category: History, World
Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
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How to Speak Science

Summary

As smartphones, supercomputers, supercolliders, and AI propel us into an ever more unfamiliar future, How to Speak Science takes us on a rollicking historical tour of the greatest discoveries and ideas that make today's cutting-edge technologies possible. Wanting everyone to be able to "speak" science, YouTube science guru Bruce Benamran explains - as accessibly and wittily as in his acclaimed videos - the fundamental ideas of the physical world: matter, life, the solar system, light, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, special and general relativity, and much more. Along the way, Benamran guides us through the wildest hypotheses and most ingenious ideas of Galileo, Newton, Curie, Einstein, and science's other greatest minds, reminding us that while they weren't always exactly right, they were always curious. How to Speak Science acquaints us not only with what scientists know, but how they think, so that each of us can reason like a physicist - and appreciate the world in all its beautiful chaos.

©2018 Bruce Benamran and Stephanie Delozier Strobel (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Braden Wright
Category: History, World
Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
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The Attacking Ocean

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The past fifteen thousand years--the entire span of human civilization--have witnessed dramatic sea level changes, which began with rapid global warming at the end of the Ice Age, when sea levels were more than 700 feet below modern levels. Over the next eleven millennia, the oceans climbed in fits and starts. These rapid changes had little effect on those humans who experienced them, partly because there were so few people on earth, and also because they were able to adjust readily to new coastlines. Global sea levels stabilized about six thousand years ago except for local adjustments that caused often quite significant changes to places like the Nile Delta. So the curve of inexorably rising seas flattened out as urban civilizations developed in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and South Asia. The earth's population boomed, quintupling from the time of Christ to the Industrial Revolution. The threat from the oceans increased with our crowding along shores to live, fish, and trade. Since 1860, the world has warmed significantly and the ocean's climb has speeded. The sea level changes are cumulative and gradual; no one knows when they will end. The Attacking Ocean, from celebrated author Brian Fagan, tells a tale of the rising complexity of the relationship between humans and the sea at their doorsteps, a complexity created not by the oceans, which have changed but little. What has changed is us, and the number of us on earth.

©2013 Brian Fagan (P)2013 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Ben Bartolone
Author: Brian Fagan
Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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Farewell the Trumpets

2 ratings

Summary

The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’ magnificent history of the British Empire from 1837 to 1965. It is an extraordinary achievement, as entertaining as it is informative, and as vivid and immediate as it is huge in scope and ambition. This final volume charts the decline and dissolution of what was once the largest empire the world had known. From the first signs of decay in the imperial ambition in the Boer Wars, through the global shifts in power evident in the two World Wars, it offers a perspective that is honest, evocative, and occasionally elegiac.

©1978 Jan Morris (P)2011 Jan Morris

Narrator: Roy McMillan
Author: Jan Morris
Category: History, World
Length: 20 hrs and 54 mins
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Illuminating History

Summary

Over a remarkable career Bernard Bailyn has reshaped our understanding of the early American past. Inscribing his superb scholarship with passion and imagination honed by a commitment to rigor, Bailyn captures the particularity of the past and its broad significance in precise, elegant prose. His transformative work has ranged from a new reckoning with the ideology that powered the opposition to British authority in the American Revolution to a sweeping account of the peopling of America and the critical nurturing of a new field, the history of the Atlantic world.  Illuminating History is the most personal of Bailyn's works. It is in part an intellectual memoir of the significant turns in an immensely productive and influential scholarly career. It is also alive with people whose actions touched the long arc of history. Among the dramatic human stories that command our attention: a struggling Boston merchant tormented by the tensions between capitalist avarice and a constrictive Puritan piety; an ordinary shopkeeper who in a unique way feverishly condemned British authority as corrupt and unworthy of public confidence; and a charismatic German Pietist who founded a cloister in the Pennsylvania wilderness. Here is vivid history and an illuminating self-portrait from one of the most eminent historians of our time.

©2020 Bernard Bailyn (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Tom Parks
Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
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Ship Ablaze

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There were few experienced swimmers among over 1,300 Lower East Side residents who boarded the General Slocum on June 15, 1904. It shouldn't have mattered since the steamship was only chartered for a languid excursion from Manhattan to Long Island Sound. But a fire erupted minutes into the trip, forcing hundreds of terrified passengers into the water. By the time the captain found a safe shore for landing, 1,021 had perished. It was New York's deadliest tragedy prior to September 11, 2001. The only book available on this compelling chapter in the city's history, Ship Ablaze draws on firsthand accounts to examine why the death toll was so high, how the city responded, and why this event failed to achieve the infamy of the Titanic's 1912 demise or the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Masterfully capturing both the horror of the event and heroism of men, women, and children who faced crumbling life jackets and inaccessible lifeboats as the inferno quickly spread, historian Edward T. O'Donnell spotlights an important incident with which most Americans are unfamiliar. Ship Ablaze brings to life a bygone community while honoring the victims of that forgotten day.

©2003 Edward T. O'Donnell (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Joel Richards
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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The First Voyage Round the World by Magellan

1 rating

Summary

Pigafetta's book on Magellan’s travels is an engaging travel narrative honoring the legendary explorer. But it is much more: an accurate ethnographic and geographical account of the circumnavigation of the globe. Pifagetta describes the peoples, countries, goods, and even the languages that were spoken in every area.

Public Domain (P)2018 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Ginger Walton
Category: History, World
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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The Domestication of Dogs

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“Isn't it strange that our being such an intelligent primate, we didn't domesticate chimpanzees as companions, instead? Why did we choose wolves, even though they are strong enough to maim or kill us?” (Wolfgang Schleidt) As the oft-repeated and invariably accurate pearl of wisdom goes, a dog truly is man's best friend. For a long time, people have almost universally loved dogs, and it seems to have been that way for at least tens of thousands of years. When affection is abundantly and consistently expressed, this pure, unspoken, wholesome love is one that is very much requited, and then some. This bond can be demonstrated by the mere existence of pet keepers who unironically refer to themselves as “dog parents,” not merely “dog owners”. Of course, this camaraderie between man and dog did not materialize overnight. Quite the contrary, the relationship between people and dogs gradually evolved and steadily strengthened over several millennia, following a premise best summed up by the dog's metamorphosis from a predator to a lifelong companion. Apart from friendship and companionship, dogs may have been the first animal to be domesticated, and they have been trained to provide loyal and competent service in a variety of fields, ranging from seeing-eye dogs to vest-wearing police partners, among other lines of work. The Domestication of Dogs: The History of Dogs’ Genetic Divergence from Wolves and the Origins of Their Relationship with Humans examines the origins of this exceptional bond, including scientific and mythical theories, and explores how wolves gave rise to a new species marked by hundreds of breeds. It also looks at the cultural roles that canines have played around the world throughout the ages.

©2020 Charles River Editors (P)2020 Charles River Editors

Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War

Summary

In 2017, the world watched as President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un traded personal insults and escalating threats of nuclear war amid unprecedented shows of military force. Former Pentagon insider and Korean security expert Van Jackson traces the origins of the first American nuclear crisis in the post-Cold War era and explains the fragile, highly unpredictable way that it ended.  Grounded in security studies and informed analysis of the US response to North Korea's increasing nuclear threat, Trump's aggressive rhetoric is analysed in the context of prior US policy failures, the geopolitics of East Asia, North Korean strategic culture, and the acceleration of its nuclear program.  Jackson argues that the Trump administration's policy of "maximum pressure" brought the world much closer to inadvertent nuclear war than many realise - and charts a course for the prevention of future conflicts.

©2019 Van Jackson (P)2019 Van Jackson

Narrator: William Hope
Author: Van Jackson
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
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Thirteen

3 ratings

Summary

"Houston, we've had a problem here." On the evening of April 13, 1970, the three astronauts aboard Apollo 13 were just hours from the third lunar landing in history. But as they soared through space, two hundred thousand miles from earth, an explosion badly damaged their spacecraft. With compromised engines and failing life-support systems, the crew was in incomparably grave danger. Faced with below-freezing temperatures, a seriously ill crew member, and a dwindling water supply, a safe return seemed unlikely. Thirteen is the shocking, miraculous, and entirely true story of how the astronauts and ground crew guided Apollo 13 to a safe landing on earth. Expanding on dispatches written for the New Yorker, Henry S. F. Cooper Jr. brings listeners unparalleled detail on the moment-by-moment developments of one of NASA's most dramatic missions.

©1972 Henry S. F. Cooper Jr. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: J. Paul Guimont
Author: Henry Cooper
Category: History, World
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
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Tagebuch eines Hugenotten

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Dieses packende Zeitdokument schildert drastisch, was Verfolgung und Vertreibung im 17. Jahrhundert bedeutete. Der Hugenotte Jean Migault bekommt die Repressionen, die schon vor der Aufhebung des Ediktes von Nantes beginnen, immer mehr zu spüren, und er muß um sein Leben und das seiner elf Kinder bangen - bis sich endlich die Möglichkeit zur Flucht ins Ausland auftut. Doch bis dahin liegt noch ein langer, gefahrvoller Weg vor ihm... Erschreckend und erhellend zugleich sind die Parallelen, die sich auftun zwischen diesen spannend geschilderten Erlebnissen und den Berichten von Vertreibungen aus jüngster Vergangenheit: Einschränkung von Rede- und Versammlungsfreiheit, Berufsverbot, Enteignung, willkürliche Gewalt sind die Schrecken, die mit einem Male in die Welt des Jean Migault eindrigen. Für Geschichtsinteressierte ein echtes Highlight!

(c) + (p) 2006 Vocalbar

Narrator: Uwe Neumann
Author: Jean Migault
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Revolutionaries

1 rating

Summary

In the early 1770s, the men who invented America were living quiet, provincial lives in the rustic backwaters of the New World, devoted primarily to family, craft, and the private pursuit of wealth and happiness. None set out to become “revolutionary” by ambition, but when events in Boston escalated, they found themselves thrust into a crisis that moved, in a matter of months, from protest to war. In this remarkable book, historian Jack Rakove shows how the private lives of these men were suddenly transformed into public careers - how Washington became a strategist, Franklin a pioneering cultural diplomat, Madison a sophisticated constitutional thinker, and Hamilton a brilliant policymaker. Rakove shakes off accepted notions of these men as godlike visionaries, focusing instead on the evolution of their ideas and the crystallizing of their purpose. In Revolutionaries, we see the founders before they were fully formed leaders, as individuals whose lives were radically altered by the explosive events of the mid-1770s. They were ordinary men who became extraordinary - a transformation that finally has the literary treatment it deserves. Spanning the two crucial decades of the country’s birth, from 1773 to 1792, Revolutionaries uses little-known stories of these famous (and not so famous) men to capture—in a way no single biography ever could - the intensely creative period of the republic’s founding. From the Boston Tea Party to the First Continental Congress, from Trenton to Valley Forge, from the ratification of the Constitution to the disputes that led to our two-party system, Rakove explores the competing views of politics, war, diplomacy, and society that shaped our nation. Thoughtful, clear-minded, and persuasive, Revolutionaries is a majestic blend of narrative and intellectual history, one of those rare books that makes us think afresh about how the country came to be, and why the idea of America endures.

©2010 Jack Rakove (P)2010 Blackstone Audiobooks

Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Author: Jack Rakove
Category: History, World
Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
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The Measure of All Things

Summary

Amid the chaos of the French Revolution, two astronomers set out in opposite directions from Paris to measure the world, one voyaging north to Dunkirk, the other south to Barcelona. Their findings would help define the meter as one ten-millionth of the distance between the pole and the equator. The Measure of All Things is the astonishing story of one of history's greatest scientific quests, a mission to measure the Earth and define the meter for all nations and for all time. Yet when Ken Alder located the long-lost correspondence between the two men, along with their mission logbooks, he stumbled upon a 200-year-old secret. The meter, it turns out, is in error. One of the two astronomers, Pierre-François-André Méchain, made contradictory measurements from Barcelona and, in a panic, covered up the discrepancy. The guilty knowledge of his misdeed drove him to the brink of madness, and ultimately to his death. Only then did his partner, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre, discover the truth and face a fateful choice: what matters more, the truth or the appearance of the truth? This is a story of two men, a secret, and a timeless human dilemma: is it permissible to perpetuate a small lie in the service of a larger truth? In The Measure of All Things Ken Alder describes a quest that succeeded even as it failed. It is a story for all people, for all time.

©2002 Ken Alder, All Rights Reserved (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Narrator: Byron Jennings
Author: Ken Alder
Category: History, World
Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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November 1918. Eine deutsche Revolution

Summary

Weltgeschehen zum Klingen gebracht Was geschah in Deutschland, als sich im November 1918 die militärische Niederlage nicht länger leugnen ließ? Als alles möglich schien - eine Revolution des Proletariats ebenso wie eine Diktatur des Militärs? Döblins vierbändiges Monumentalwerk entstand in den Jahren 1937 bis 1943, auf der Flucht vor den Nationalsozialisten. Die bereits vorliegende Hörspielfassung der ersten drei Bände wird nun mit der grandiosen, rund 70-stimmigen akustischen Umsetzung des vierten Bandes komplettiert: Hier entwirft Döblin ein Porträt der Revolutionäre Karl Liebknecht und Rosa Luxemburg. Ihr politisches Scheitern und ihr gewaltsamer Tod stehen für den missglückten Versuch, eine deutsche sozialistische Utopie zu verwirklichen.

©Alfred Döblin, vertreten durch die Gustav Bühnenvertriebs-GmbH; 2016 der Hörverlag

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A History of the World

13 ratings

Summary

From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series. Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean. He looks at cultures that have failed and vanished, as well as the origins of today’s superpowers, and finds surprising echoes and parallels across vast distances and epochs. This is a book about the great change-makers of history and their times, people such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Galileo, and Mao, but it is also a book about us. For 'The better we understand how rulers lose touch with reality, or why revolutions produce dictators more often than they produce happiness, or why some parts of the world are richer than others, the easier it is to understand our own times.' Fresh, exciting and vividly listenable, this is popular history at its very best.

©2012 Andrew Marr (P)2012 Macmillan Digital Audio

Author: Andrew Marr
Category: History, World
Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
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Death in Acadia

Summary

Maine Acadia National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the United States. It is an adventure seeker's paradise. Hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, back-country skiing, and ice-climbing are among the activities pursued there; as well as the less extreme sight seeing along the park road and Atlantic coast. Death in Acadia gathers the stories of fatalities that have occurred in the park, from falls to exposure to cardiac arrest - even getting swept out to sea - and presents dozens of misadventures.

©2019 Randi Minetor (P)2019 Randi Minetor

Narrator: Steve Edwards
Category: History, World
Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Humanos

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Los humanos contemporáneos han recorrido un largo camino en sus 70,000 años de paso por la tierra. Arte, ciencia, cultura, comercio: en la cadena evolutiva somos verdaderos ganadores. Pero lo cierto es que no siempre ha sido un viaje fácil y, a veces, muy puntualmente, hemos llegado a pifiarla de verdad. Uniendo historia, ciencia, política y cultura pop, Humanos nos ofrece una exploración panorámica de la humanidad en todo su esplendor (es decir en todas sus pifias) y nos revela cómo incluso los errores más mundanos cambiaron el curso de la civilización como la conocemos. Desde Lucy, nuestro primer antepasado, que se cayó de un árbol, se rompió un brazo y murió, pasando por el emperador chino Zhengde, que almacenó pólvora en su palacio antes de un festival de linternas o por el ejército austriaco, que se atacó a sí mismo en una noche de borrachera. El audiolibro también hace un repaso de los peores líderes políticos de la historia, así como un resumen de la incapacidad de la raza humana para prever el futuro. Humanos es un compendio único, divertido, irónico y lleno de ideas brillantes que ofrece una nueva perspectiva de la historia de la humanidad llena de interés y, claro está, de humor. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2018 Tom Phillips (P)2019 Editorial Planeta, S. A.

Narrator: Oscar Barberán
Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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Hitler: History in an Hour

2 ratings

Summary

History for busy people. Hitler in an Hour is the concise biography of Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler.Covering Hitler’s early life, military service in World War I and eventual rise to power, first as the leader of the Nazi party and then to head of state, Hitler in an Hour covers all the key events the life of the 20th century’s most infamous dictator. Learn about Hitler’s manipulation of politicians and civilians and how, through bullying, diplomacy, charm and lies, he achieved total power and plunged the world into World War II, the bloodiest war in history.Hitler in an Hour goes right up to Hitler’s final days inside his bunker as his empire crumbled at the hands of the Allies and the world was changed forever. Love your history? Find out about the world with History in an Hour…

©2012 Rupert Colley (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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Mayan Civilization

Summary

Making sense of our universe is an age-old practice that transcends cultures and generations. From our vantage point, the larger-than-life Maya civilization grappled with the urge on a grand scale. Join us as we take a voyage to understand the ways of the Maya. Inside you will hear about: Who made contact: Early explorers and their impact How the Maya wanted to be represented: History written by the victors Different periods of Maya history Larger than life New findings   We'll learn what they held as sacred, how the sacred manifested itself in their lives, and about efforts to accurately portray them, despite romanticized versions. This audiobook explores their glories and misfortunes and provides a deeper look at their pre-Columbian battling dynasties and their highly structured approach to religion, science, and society.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Nathan Bierma
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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This Country of Ours, Part 2

Summary

This Series, in seven parts, tells the story of America from the earliest founding through the days of Woodrow Wilson and The Great War (World War I). In Part 2, you'll hear stories of the settlement of the Virginia Colony. 1. The Adventures of Captain John Smith2. More Adventures of Captain John Smith3. How the Colony Was Saved4. How Pocahontas Took a Journey Over the Seas5. How the Redmen Fought Against Their White Brothers6. How Englishmen Fought a Duel with Tyranny7. The Coming of the Cavaliers8. Bacon's Rebellion9. The Story of the Knights of the Golden HorseshoeHenrietta Elizabeth Marshall (1867 – 1941) was a British author, most famous for her works of history for children. For decades, Marshall's books were ubiquitous in schools and home libraries. Much of the popularity of her works stems from her talent for making history read like good storytelling.

Public Domain (P)2004 Alcazar Audioworks

Category: History, World
Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Stories We Tell Ourselves

Summary

Throughout history we have told ourselves stories to try and make sense of what it all means: our place in a small corner of one of billions of galaxies, at the end of billions of years of existence. In this new book Richard Holloway takes us on a personal, scientific and philosophical journey to explore what he believes the answers to the biggest of questions are. He examines what we know about the universe into which - without any choice in the matter - we are propelled at birth and from which we are expelled at death, the stories we have told about where we come from and the stories we tell to get through this muddling experience of life.  Thought-provoking, revelatory, compassionate and playful, Stories We Tell Ourselves is a personal reckoning with life's mysteries by one of the most important and beloved thinkers of our time.

©2020 Richard Holloway (P)2020 Canongate Books Ltd

Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
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Alexander Henry's Travels and Adventures in the years 1760-1776

Summary

Alexander Henry is one of the giants of the 18th century fur trade in the Great Lakes region, and his journal has been reprinted many times since it was first published in 1809. With the defeat of the French in Canada in 1760, the interior of the continent was suddenly accessible to English traders. Henry set out for the west with goods for the Indian trade, into a land where the First Nations were deeply hostile to the English. These two volumes, Adventures in Michigan 1760-1764 and Lake Superior and the Canadian Northwest 1765-1776 were compiled by Henry towards the end of his life and together have become an adventure classic. The Great Lakes region was in turmoil in the 1760's when Henry embarked upon his trading mission. The great First Nations leader Pontiac had engineered an uprising against the British Forts and Posts in the region with the intention of driving the British out. It was a time of violence and danger - and Alexander Henry was caught right in the middle of it, frequently experiencing hardship, hunger and abuse - while managing to retain his optimism and courage. The accounts of his experiences are at times harrowing, while at the same time providing an almost unparalleled description of First Nations life in the lands surrounding the Great Lakes and in the Canadian Northwest.

Public Domain (P)2020 Author's Republic

Narrator: Nick Adams
Category: History, World
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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The New Education

5 ratings

Summary

A leading educational thinker argues that the American university is stuck in the past - and shows how we can revolutionize it for our era of constant change Our current system of higher education dates to the period from 1865 to 1925. It was in those decades that the nation's new universities created grades and departments, majors and minors, all in an attempt to prepare young people for a world transformed by the telegraph and the Model T.   As Cathy N. Davidson argues in The New Education, this approach to education is wholly unsuited to the era of the gig economy. From the Ivy League to community colleges, she introduces us to innovators who are remaking college for our own time by emphasizing student-centered learning that values creativity in the face of change above all. The New Education ultimately shows how we can teach students not only to survive but to thrive amid the challenges to come. 

©2017 Cathy N. Davidson (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Carolyn Cook
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Wicked River

Summary

Acclaimed journalist and author Lee Sandlin delivers a riveting glimpse of a dangerous and colorful place in America’s historical landscape - the Mississippi River of the 19th century. Long before it was dredged into a shipping channel or romanticized into myth, the untamed Mississippi - the lifeblood of communities that rose and fell along its banks - spawned a motley array of pirates and dignitaries, visionaries, and thieves.

©2010 Lee Sandlin (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Jeff McCarthy
Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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1775

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What if the year we have long commemorated as America’s defining moment was in fact misleading? What if the real events that signaled the historic shift from colony to country took place earlier, and that the true story of our nation’s emergence reveals a more complicated - and divisive - birth process? In this major new work, iconoclastic historian and political chronicler Kevin Phillips upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution by puncturing the myth that 1776 was the struggle’s watershed year. Mythology and omission have elevated 1776, but the most important year, rarely recognized, was 1775: the critical launching point of the war and Britain’s imperial outrage and counterattack and the year during which America’s commitment to revolution took bloody and irreversible shape. Phillips focuses on the great battlefields and events of 1775 - Congress’ warlike economic ultimatums to king and parliament, New England’s rage militaire, the panicked concentration of British troops in militant but untenable Boston, the stunning expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and many hundreds of local committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands. These onrushing events delivered a sweeping control of territory and local government to the Patriots, one that Britain was never able to overcome. Seventeen seventy-five was the year in which Patriots captured British forts and fought battles from the Canadian frontier to the Carolinas, obtained the needed gunpowder inmachinations that reached from the Baltic to West Africa and the Caribbean, and orchestrated the critical months of nation building in the backrooms of a secrecy-shrouded Congress. As Phillips writes, "The political realignment achieved amid revolution was unique - no other has come with simultaneous ballots and bullets." Surveying the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations, as well as the roles of ethnicity, religion, and class, Phillips tackles the 18th century with the same skill and perception he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics. He mines rich material as he surveys different regions and different colonies and probes how the varying agendas and expectations at the grassroots level had a huge effect on how the country shaped itself. He details often overlooked facts about the global munitions trade; about the roles of Indians, slaves, and mercenaries; and about the ideological and religious factors that played into the revolutionary fervor. The result is a dramatic account brimming with original insights about the country we eventually became. Kevin Phillips’ 1775 revolutionizes our understanding of America’s origins.

©2012 Kevin Phillips (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Category: History, World
Length: 25 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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Breve historia de los vikingos [Brief History of the Vikings]

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“Así que si tienen ganas de conocer de manera amena una cultura en la que la valentía era piedra básica de una forma de vida no duden en buscar Breve Historia de los Vikingos y conocer de la mano de Manuel Velasco la gesta de un pueblo inmortal que incluso hoy ya se ha convertido en referente de la cultura actual.” (Blog Historia con minúsculas) “En pocas páginas se puede tener una visión muy completa y global del tema elegido, y que puede servir de guía para seguir en el futuro con estudios más profundos si el tema en cuestión resultó tan interesante como se creía. Así pues, vemos que este pueblo conocido sobre todo por sus incursiones y ataques a las costas y monasterios de toda Europa, tenía una cultura muy rica y variada.” (Blog Licerrock) La detallada historia de un pueblo, célebre por su arrojo, que nos descubre además su talento como navegantes e ingenieros navales o su valiosa artesanía. Era necesaria una historia sobre los vikingos, una cultura presente en el imaginario popular actual, que se sobrepusiera a los mitos que se han establecido como verdad absoluta, de pueblo beligerante y aguerrido exclusivamente y nos llevara a conocer un poco más: Breve Historia de los Vikingos es esa obra. El libro no sólo se cierra en los aspectos puramente técnicos y cronológicos de los vikingos, sino que también se adentra en la vida cotidiana de los artesanos, campesinos o comerciantes nórdicos y nos detalla su mitología y sus prácticas religiosas para tener así una visión completa de esta influyente cultura que surgió de las zonas más frías de la actual Europa. Entre el S. IX y el S. XI, irrumpen los vikingos en la escena europea, esta será su época de esplendor pero finalmente cederán ante el imparable empuje del catolicismo romano. Enmarcado en estos siglos nos descubrirá Manuel Velasco la rica cultura vikinga, no sólo asistiremos a su valor como guerreros, navegantes y constructores de naves, sino que veremos también su desconocida y rica actividad comercial, que les llevó a establecer una ruta desde Groenlandia hasta Constantinopla, e incluso hasta Bagdad. Divide el autor, para ello, el libro en cinco apartados: en el primero de ellos nos introducirá en la vida vikinga hasta en sus más pequeños detalles, en la segunda parte nos desplegará la rica mitología vikinga, en la tercera parte nos enseñará la expansión de los vikingos y la influencia nórdica, dedicará la cuarta parte a describir, hasta el último detalle el ocaso vikingo y en la quinta nos hablará de la vigencia de los pueblos del norte en la cultura popular actual. Breve Historia de los Vikingos incluye un apéndice final, muy completo, en el que se nos da un listado de nombres vikingos, breves perfiles de personajes curiosos, una descripción de lugares de interés tanto en Escandinavia como fuera de ella, una valiosa información sobre réplicas actuales de los drakkars y una cronología pormenorizada de la era vikinga. Razones para comprar la obra: La obra presenta una recreación total de la poco conocida vida de los vikingos, incluyendo su mitología, su historia bélica y comercial, y su vida cotidiana. Añade a las fuentes históricas tradicionales, nuevos materiales extraídos de la cultura popular como festivales, novelas, música, documentales o videojuegos. El autor es un experto reconocido en el tema y una referencia en divulgación histórica sobre los vikingos. La obra es un auténtico éxito comercial con cinco ediciones en seis años y ha tenido que ser ampliado debido a la demanda sobre el tema. Un completo recorrido no sólo por los saqueos y las batallas a bordo de los terribles drakkars, sino también por las ciudades y aldeas en los que artesanos o ganaderos perfilaban la cultura vikinga y también en las rutas comerciales por las que los vikingos se extendieron por toda Europa. Please note: This audiobook is in Latin American Spanish.

©2012 Ediciones Nowtilus S.L. (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Felipe Gonzalez
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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The American Civil War: History in an Hour

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History for busy people. The American Civil War was fought between the Confederates and the Union from 1861 to 1865. This is a concise history of this tumultuous period.The American Civil War started when eleven southern ‘slave’ states declared their independence from the United States of America. Abraham Lincoln’s Republican government were strongly against slavery and fought to abolish it and keep the country united. The American Civil War: History in an Hour gives a concise and authoritative overview of these four years of bloody and devastating warfare to help you understand how the Civil War shaped America today and changed the history of slavery forever. Love your history? Find out about the world with History in an Hour…

©2012 Kat Smutz (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble
Author: Kat Smutz
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Barons of the Sea

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In the grand tradition of David McCullough and Ron Chernow, the sweeping story of the 19th-century American dynasties who battled for dominance of the tea and opium trades.  There was a time, back when the United States was young and the robber barons were just starting to come into their own, when fortunes were made and lost importing luxury goods from China. It was a secretive, glamorous, often brutal business - one where teas and silks and porcelain were purchased with profits from the opium trade. But the journey by sea to New York from Canton could take six agonizing months, and so the most pressing technological challenge of the day became ensuring one’s goods arrived first to market, so they might fetch the highest price.  Barons of the Sea tells the story of a handful of cutthroat competitors who raced to build the fastest, finest, most profitable clipper ships to carry their precious cargo to American shores. They were visionary, eccentric shipbuilders, debonair captains, and socially-ambitious merchants with names like Forbes and Delano - men whose business interests took them from the cloistered confines of China’s expatriate communities to the sin city decadence of Gold Rush-era San Francisco, and from the teeming hubbub of East Boston’s shipyards and to the lavish sitting rooms of New York’s Hudson Valley estates.  Elegantly written and meticulously researched, Barons of the Sea is a riveting tale of innovation and ingenuity that draws back the curtain on the making of some of the nation’s greatest fortunes, and the rise and fall of an all-American industry as sordid as it was genteel.

©2018 Steven Ujifusa (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Mosquito

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Now in audio - a fascinating work of popular science from a world-renowned expert on mosquitoes and a prize-winning reporter. In this lively and comprehensive portrait of the mosquito, its role in history, and its threat to mankind, Spielman and D'Antonio take a mosquito's-eye view of nature and man. They show us how mosquitoes breed, live, mate, and die and introduce us to their enemies, both natural and man-made. The authors present tragic and often grotesque examples of how the mosquito has insinuated itself into human history, from the malaria that devastated invaders of ancient Rome to the current widespread West Nile fever panic.  Filled with little-known facts and remarkable anecdotes that bring this tiny being into larger focus, Mosquito offers fascinating, alarming, and convincing evidence that the sooner we get to know this pesky insect, the better off we'll be.

©2001 Andrew Spielman, ScD and Michael D’Antonio (P)2020 Tantor

Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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A Brief History of Portugal

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This is a comprehensive history of Portugal that covers the whole span, from the Stone Age to today. An introduction provides an understanding of geographical and climatic issues, before an examination of Portugal's prehistory and classical Portugal, from the Stone Age to the end of the the Roman era.   Portugal's history from AD 420 to the 13th century takes in the Suevi, Visigoths and Moors. Then, a look at medieval Portugal, covers the development of Christian Portugal culminating with the expulsion of the Moors, with a focus on key sites.     A subsequent section on Spanish rule, between 1580 and 1640, explains why Spain took over and why Spanish rule collapsed.    There is a significant focus on Portugal's global role, particularly during the age of exploration, or expansion, in the 15th century to 1580: Manueline Portugal, Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama and Belém. Portugal was the first of the Atlantic empires, with territory in the Azores, Madeira, West Africa and Brazil, and it remained a major empire until the 1820s, retaining an African empire until the 1970s. Its empire in Asia - in Malacca, Macao, Goa and Timor - continued even longer, until the 1990s. Black shows how Portugal had a global impact, but the world, too, had an impact on Portugal.     Baroque Portugal, between 1640 and 1800, is explored through palaces in Mafra, Pombal and elsewhere and the wealth of Brazil.     The 19th century brought turmoil in the form of a French invasion, the Peninsular War, Brazilian independence, successive revolutions, economic issues and the end of the monarchy.    Republican Portugal brought further chaos in the early years of the 20th century, then the dictatorship of Salazar and its end in the Carnation Revolution of 1974. Portugal's role in both world wars is examined, also its wars in Africa.    From the overthrow of autocracy to a new constitution and the leadership of Soares, contemporary, democratic Portugal is explored, including the fiscal crisis of recent years.    Throughout Black introduces the history and character of the country's principal regions, including the Azores, Madeira and the Cape Verde Islands. He looks at key national sites, at Portuguese food and wine and the arts, with special sections devoted to port, Portugal's famous tiles and the university established at Coimbra in 1290.

©2020 Jeremy Black (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

Narrator: Roger Davis
Author: Jeremy Black
Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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Written in Stone

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Spectacular fossil finds make today's headlines; new technology unlocks secrets of skeletons unearthed 100 years ago. Still, evolution is often poorly represented by the media and misunderstood by the public. A potent antidote to pseudoscience, Written in Stone is an engrossing history of evolutionary discovery for anyone who has marveled at the variety and richness of life.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2010 Brian Switek (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: L. J. Ganser
Author: Brian Switek
Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Die neuen Weltwunder

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Weltwissen leicht gemacht! Jedem sind die sieben Weltwunder des Altertums ein Begriff, und an alle knüpft sich Wissen über die Weltgeschichte. Doch zu allen Zeiten - ob prähistorisch oder zeitgeschichtlich - haben die Menschen Bauwerke errichtet, steinerne Zeugen einer bestimmten Kultur und Epoche. Ob das Kolosseum in Rom, die Chinesische Mauer, die Felsenstadt Petra, das Taj Mahal in Agra oder die Statue Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro - sie alle sind ebenso außergewöhnlich wie weltbekannt, spektakuläre Weltwunder der Menschheitsgeschichte. Doch wer erbaute sie einst? Und zu welchem Zweck? Bernd Ingmar Gutberlet stellt in diesem Hörbuch sieben der wichtigsten erhaltenen Bauten der Menschheitsgeschichte vor und versammelt damit die Werke, die Internetnutzer aus aller Welt zu den sieben Neuen Weltwundern kürten. So lädt er nicht nur zu einer Rundreise durch die physische Welt ein, sondern auch zu einem Trip in die spannende Welt des historischen Wissens.

©2017 SAGA Egmont (P)2017 SAGA Egmont

Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Chasing Venus

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The author of the highly acclaimed Founding Gardeners now gives us an enlightening chronicle of the first truly international scientific endeavor - the 18th century quest to observe the transit of Venus and measure the solar system. On June 6, 1761, the world paused to observe a momentous occasion: the first transit of Venus between the earth and the sun in more than a century. Through that observation, astronomers could calculate the size of the solar system - but only if they could compile data from many different points of the globe, all recorded during the short period of the transit. Overcoming incredible odds and political strife, astronomers from Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Sweden, and the American colonies set up observatories in remote corners of the world, only to have their efforts thwarted by unpredictable weather and warring armies. Fortunately, transits of Venus occur in pairs: eight years later, the scientists would have another opportunity to succeed. Chasing Venus brings to life the personalities of the 18th century astronomers who embarked upon this complex and essential scientific venture, painting a vivid portrait of the collaborations, the rivalries, and the volatile international politics that hindered them at every turn. In the end, what they accomplished would change our conception of the universe and would forever alter the nature of scientific research.

©2012 Andrea Wulf (P)2012 Random House Audio

Narrator: Robin Sachs
Author: Andrea Wulf
Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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On the Edge of Survival

4 ratings

Summary

A Malaysian cargo ship on its way from Seattle, Washington, to China ran aground off the coast of western Alaska's Aleutian Islands on December 8, 2004, during a brutal storm, leading to one of the most incredible Coast Guard rescue missions of all time. Two Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopters lifted off immediately from Air Station Kodiak during the driving storm, in an effort to rescue the ship's 18 crew members before it broke apart and sank in the freezing waters. Nine of the crew were lifted from the ship and dropped aboard a nearby Coast Guard cutter. But during attempts to save the last eight crew members, one of the Jayhawks was engulfed by a rogue wave that broke over the bow of the ship. When its engines flamed out from ingesting water, the Jayhawk crashed into the sea. The seven crew members from the ship who had been hoisted into the aircraft, along with the chopper's three-man crew, plunged into the bitterly cold ocean, where hypothermia immediately began to set in. Interviewing all the surviving participants of the disaster and given access to documents and photos, acclaimed author Spike Walker has once again crafted a white-knuckle book of survival and death in the unforgiving Alaskan waters.

©2010 Spike Walker (P)2010 Tantor

Narrator: Robertson Dean
Author: Spike Walker
Category: History, World
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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The Road to McCarthy

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From the bestselling author of McCarthy's Bar, this is a hilarious and thought-provoking journey into his Irish heritage around the world. As a veteran traveller, Pete McCarthy has long been intrigued that the emigrant Irish can be found in all corners of the globe. Determined to pin down mythical tales of his own clan history, Pete is thrust into a world-wide adventure that reveals an unsettled and poignant history, while unearthing a good pint in the most unexpected locations. From the Holy Ground of Cork harbour he travels to Gibraltar and Morocco, then onwards to New York, Tasmania, Montana, and the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat before finally reaching the remote Alaskan township of McCarthy and its population of just 14 people, but a lot more bears.

©2002 Pete McCarthy (P)2003 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

Narrator: Pete McCarthy
Category: History, World
Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Practicing History

Summary

Master historian Barbara W. Tuchman looks at history in a unique way and draws lessons from what she sees. This accessible introduction to the subject of history offers striking insights into America's past and present, trenchant observations on the international scene, and thoughtful pieces on the historian's role. Here is a splendid body of work, the story of a lifetime spent "practicing history".

©1981 Alma Tuchman, Lucy T. Eisenberg, and Jessica Tuchman Matthews; Introduction copyright 1981 by Barbara Tuchman (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Wanda McCaddon
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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The Wreck of the Portland

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The SS Portland was a solid and luxurious ship, and its loss in 1898 in a violent storm with some 200 people aboard was later remembered as “New England’s Titanic.” The Portland was one of New England's largest and most luxurious paddle steamers, and after nine years' solid performance, she had earned a reputation as a safe and dependable vessel.  In November 1898, a perfect storm formed off the New England coast. Conditions would produce a blizzard with 100 miles per hour winds and 60-foot waves that pummeled the coast.  At the time there was no radio communication between ships and shore, no sonar to navigate by, and no vastly sophisticated weather forecasting capacity. The luxurious SS Portland, a sidewheel steamer furnished with chandeliers, red velvet carpets, and fine china, was carrying more than 200 passengers from Boston to Portland, Maine, over Thanksgiving weekend when it ran headlong into a monstrous, violent gale off Cade Cod.  It was never seen again.  All passengers and crew were lost at sea. More than half the crew on board were African Americans from Portland. Their deaths decimated the Maine African-American community.  Before the storm abated it became one of the worst ever recorded in New England waters. The storm, now known as “The Portland Gale”, killed 400 people along the coast and sent more than 200 ships to the bottom, including the doomed Portland. To this day it is not known exactly how many passengers were aboard or even who many of them were. The only passenger list was aboard the vessel. As a result of this tragedy, ships would thereafter leave a passenger manifest ashore.  The disaster has been blamed on the hubris of the captain of the Portland, Hollis Blanchard, who decided to leave the safety of Boston Harbor despite knowing that a severe storm was hurtling up the coast. Blanchard, a long-time mariner, had been passed over for a promotion for a younger captain. He decided he wanted to show the steamship company that they had made a mistake by getting the Portland safely into port ahead of the imminent storm.  Author J. North Conway has created here a personal, visceral account of the sinking and the times and the people involved, with stories to bring readers onto the Portland that day:  Here is Eben Heuston, the chief steward onboard the ill-fated ship. More than half of the crew of the ship were African Americans. Hueston was an African American who lived in the Portland community of Munjoy Hill and was a member of the Abyssinian Church. After the sinking of the Portland the African American community disappeared and the church closed. And Emily Cobb a 19-year-old singer from Portland’s First Parish Church who was scheduled to give her first recital at the church on that Sunday. And Hope Thomas who came to Boston to shop for Christmas and because she decided to exchange some shoes she purchased missed taking the ill-fated Portland.  Because of the lack of communications from Maine to Cape Cod, it was days before anyone was able to get word about the fate of the ship or survivors. Author J. North Conway has painstakingly recreated the events, using first-hand sources and testimonies to weave a dramatic, can’t-pause narrative in the tradition of Erik Larson’s Isaac’s Storm and Walter Lord’s enduring classic, A Night to Remember. He brings the tragedy to life with contemporaneous accounts the Coast Guard, from Boston newspapers such as the Globe, Herald, and Journal, and from The New York Times and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

©2019 J. North Conway (P)2019 J. North Conway

Narrator: Gary Bennett
Category: History, World
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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The Industrial Revolution

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Explore the captivating history of the Industrial Revolution! For most of human existence, people lived in a somewhat similar fashion. Everything that has been produced, from food and raw materials to clothing and other finished products, has been done either solely by hand or with some help of animal power. This was the same across the eras and throughout the world, no matter how advanced or backward the various civilizations were. Yet, our lives today couldn’t be more different. Most of our products are made by machines and mechanical power, allowing for greater productivity and a higher quality of life, in general. That advance was made possible by what we today call the Industrial Revolution. Its start in the mid-18th century signalized a slow but unwavering transformation from a handmade manufacturing civilization to a machine-powered industrial society. In The Industrial Revolution: A Captivating Guide to a Period of Major Industrialization and the Introduction of the Spinning Jenny, the Cotton Gin, Electricity, and Other Inventions, you will discover topics, such as: Birth of the Revolution British Motors Start Rolling Cogs of the Revolution Dissemination of Change Sparks of a New Revolution Effects of the Transformation And much, much more! So, if you want to learn more about the Industrial Revolution, scroll up and click the "buy now" button!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, World
Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Mayan Civilization

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The Maya civilization was developed by the Maya people, and noted for its hieroglyphic script – as well as for its art, architecture, mathematics, calendar, and astronomic system. In this audiobook, you’ll learn about: Mesoamerica Geography History Politics Society Warfare Trade Art Architecture Language Writing and literacy Mathematics Calendar Astronomy Religion and mythology Agriculture And much more! The Maya recorded their history and ritual knowledge in screen fold books, of which only three uncontested examples remain, the rest having been destroyed by the Spanish. The Maya developed a highly complex series of interlocking ritual calendars and employed mathematics that included one of the earliest instances of the explicit zero in the world. Order your copy and listen to this story now! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Halcyon Time Ltd (P)2020 Halcyon Time Ltd

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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W cieniu zlych drzew

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Znakomita opowiesc o tworzeniu podwalin PRL - u. Autor pokazuje, ze okres pomiedzy zakonczeniem okupacji hitlerowskiej, a Odwilza Pazdziernikowa 1956 roku, to nie tylko czas dyktatury, walki z wrogami klasowymi, cenzura, ale równiez epoka, w której zyli zwykli ludzie. Rózni ludzie, ci szlachetni, oddani Polsce, ale takze ci pozbawieni skrupulów, niegodziwi. W 2000 roku ksiazka zostala uhonorowana Literacka Nagroda "Solidarnosci". Please note: This audiobook is in Polish.

©2014 Andrzej Kalinin (P)2014 Storybox

Category: History, World
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Without a Trace: 1881-1968

Summary

The volume features true stories of aircraft and its passengers or crew who disappeared into thin air.

For many, aviation still brings with it an air of mystery, a century-long magic trick. Though most of us will board an aircraft at some point in our lives, we know little about how they work and the procedures surrounding their operations. It is that mystery that makes these losses, such as the vanishing of the Malaysia Airlines flight 370, so terrifying.

Without a Trace series explores the most interesting of these disappearances: mysteries that have baffled investigators for years. The two audiobooks in the series span 150 years and explore mysteries from around the world. This is the first volume, beginning just before the golden age of aviation with a manned balloon swept over the English Channel and ending with a top-secret spy plane disappearing at the height of the Cold War. Each case is laid out in rich detail and presented chronologically, highlighting the historical context, official accident reports, and contemporary news surrounding each mystery. 

Occasionally tragic, frequently amusing, Without a Trace: 1881-1968 is unerringly accurate and informative.

Where did they go?

Sylvia Wrigley introduces the crews, innocent bystanders, and rescuers in this collection of true stories. Documenting the popular theories from each case, she uses her knowledge and experience as a pilot and an aviation journalist to demystify aviation jargon and narrow down each disappearance to the most likely explanations.

This collection takes a hard look at the human failings of great aviators, explorers, and celebrities who have pushed the limits of flight and ended up at the heart of a mystery. The stories encompass airships, military jets, and commercial airlines - all of which have vanished without a trace.

©2018 Sylvia Wrigley (P)2019 Sylvia Wrigley

Narrator: Charlie Boswell
Category: History, World
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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Rebellion

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Summary

Peter Ackroyd has been praised as one of the greatest living chroniclers of Britain and its people. In Rebellion, he continues his dazzling account of the history of England, beginning the progress south of the Scottish king James VI, who on the death of Elizabeth I became the first Stuart king of England, and ending with the deposition and flight into exile of his grandson James II.

The Stuart monarchy brought together the two nations of England and Scotland into one realm, albeit a realm still marked by political divisions that echo to this day. More importantly perhaps, the Stuart era was marked by the cruel depredations of civil war and the killing of a king. Shrewd and opinionated, James I was eloquent on matters as diverse as theology, witchcraft, and the abuses of tobacco, but his attitude to the English parliament sowed the seeds of the division that would split the country during the reign of his hapless heir, Charles I. Ackroyd offers a brilliant, warts-and-all portrayal of Charles's nemesis, Oliver Cromwell, Parliament's great military leader and England's only dictator, who began his career as apolitical liberator but ended it as much of a despot as "that man of blood," the king he executed.

England's turbulent seventeenth century is vividly laid out before us, but so too is the cultural and social life of the period, notable for its extraordinarily rich literature, including Shakespeare's late masterpieces, Jacobean tragedy, the poetry of John Donne and Milton, and Thomas Hobbes's great philosophical treatise, Leviathan. Rebellion also gives us a very real sense of the lives of ordinary English men and women, lived out against a backdrop of constant disruption and uncertainty.

©2014 Peter Ackroyd (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Clive Chafer
Category: History, World
Length: 19 hrs
Available on Audible
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The Anglo-Saxon Settlement of England

Summary

Shortly after Emperor Hadrian came to power in the early second century CE, he decided to seal off Scotland from Roman Britain with an ambitious wall stretching from sea to sea. To accomplish this, the wall had to be built from the mouth of the River Tyne - where Newcastle stands today - 80 Roman miles (76 miles or 122 kilometers) west to Bowness-on-Solway. The sheer scale of Hadrian’s Wall still impresses people today, but as the Western Roman Empire collapsed in the late fifth century, Hadrian’s Wall was abandoned and Roman control of the area broke down.  Little is known of this period of British history, but soon the Anglo-Saxons - who had been harassing the Saxon Shore as pirates - showed up and began to settle the land, creating a patchwork of little kingdoms and starting a new era of British history. Several early medieval historians, writing well after the events, said the Anglo-Saxons were invited to Britain to defend the region from the northern tribes and ended up taking over. The Venerable Bede (672 or 673-735) said in his historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (Ecclesiastical History of the English People) that in the year 449, “The British consulted what was to be done and where they should seek assistance to prevent or repel the cruel and frequent incursions of the northern nations. They all agreed with their king Vortigern to call over to their aid, from the parts beyond the sea, the Saxon nation.... The two first commanders are said to have been Hengist and Horsa.” However they came to control most of England, the Anglo-Saxons became the dominant power in the region for nearly 500 years, and the strength of their cultural influence could be felt even after William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings and became the first Norman ruler on the island.

©2020 Charles River Editors (P)2020 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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James May's 20th Century

9 ratings

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Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007. How much should you pay for a return trip to the moon? How are Winnie the Pooh and the artificial heart related? Did teenagers exist before 1950? If not, who invented them? James May's 20th Century answers all these questions and more. In this exclusive download released to tie-in with the BBC TV series, James May explores the iconic themes of the century: flight, space travel, television, mechanised war, medicine, computers, electronic music, skyscrapers, electronic espionage, and much more. But he also reveals the hidden story behind why some inventions like the Zeppelin, the motorcycle side car, or the Theremin struggled to make their mark. He examines the tipping points ? when technologies such as the car or the internet became unstoppable ? and gets up close by looking at the nuts and bolt of remarkable inventions. Packed with surprising statistics and intriguing facts, this is the ideal book for anyone who wants to know how stuff works and why some stuff didn't make it.

©2007 James May and Phil Dolling (P)2007 Hodder and Stoughton Audiobooks

Narrator: James May
Category: History, World
Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
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The Social History of Agriculture

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This text provides a compelling narrative world history through the lens of food and farmers. Tracing the world history of agriculture from earliest times to the present, Isett and Miller argue that people rather than markets have been the primary agents of agricultural change, exploring the actions taken by individuals and groups over time. The book is published by Rowman & Littlefield.

©2017 Rowman & Littlefield (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

Category: History, World
Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
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Vi var engang

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Dette er en moderne historiebog. En bog, der giver et underholdende og oplysende indblik i den moderne Danmarkshistorie. Fra 50erne til 00erne og lidt ind i 10erne. Indblik set gennem orginaler fra årtierne. Vi møder Danmarks første celebrity, marquis Marcel de Sade, i sit 600 m2 palads. Han fortæller om de dannede 50ere, om millionerne, om festerne og det store bedrag. Hippien Stig Møller tager os med på en farveboblende og frigjort rejse på vejen gennem 60erne, der endte tragisk. Forfatterinden og modellen Suzanne Brøgger oplevede feministernes modstand i 70erne, når hun skrev om frigørelse og stillede sig nøgen til skue. Klaus Riskær speedede sin porsche op, brød med monopolerne og skabte 80ernes pengestrømme. Filminstruktøren Søren Fauli fik succes med tv-reklamer i 90erne, mens han bittert så til, at Lars von Trier og Thomas Vinterberg vandt filmverdenens største priser for dogmer. 00erne var en single og en sextid, siger Joan Ørting, der blev hele Danmarks sexolog. Nu håber hun på bløde og feminine 10ere. Årtiers Originaler - en moderne historiebog giver dig et orddrevet kick gennem den moderne Danmarkshistorie. Og indblik i de originale personligheder, som har været med til at drive og kendetegne årtierne.

©2017 Lindhardt og Ringhof (P)2017 Lindhardt og Ringhof

Narrator: Iben Haaest
Category: History, World
Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
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At the Edge of Uncertainty

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The best-selling author of Free Radicals takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of the most controversial areas of modern science. The atom, the big bang, DNA, natural selection - all are ideas that have revolutionized science; and all were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven't stopped in recent years, and in At the Edge of Uncertainty, best-selling author Michael Brooks investigates the new wave of radical insights that are shaping the future of scientific discovery. Brooks takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. He journeys from the observations that might rewrite our story of how the cosmos came to be, through the novel biology behind our will to live, and on to the physiological root of consciousness. Along the way, he examines how it's time to redress the gender imbalance in clinical trials, explores how merging humans with other species might provide a solution to the shortage of organ donors, and finds out whether the universe really is like a computer or if the flow of time is a mere illusion.

©2014 Michael Brooks (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Sean Runnette
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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Machu Picchu

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In 1911, American historian Hiram Bingham publicized the finding of what at the time was considered a "lost city" of the Inca. Though local inhabitants had known about it for century, Bingham documented and photographed the ruins of a 15th century settlement nestled along a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, placed so perfectly from a defensive standpoint that it's believed the Spanish never conquered it and may have never known about it. Today, of course, Machu Picchu is one of South America's best tourist spots, and the ruins have even been voted one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. But even though Machu Picchu is now the best known of all Incan ruins, its function in Incan civilization is still not clear. Some have speculated that it was an outpost or a frontier citadel, while others believe it to be a sanctuary or a work center for women. Still others suggest that it was a ceremonial center or perhaps even the last refuge of the Incas after the Spanish conquest. One of the most theories to take hold is that Machu Picchu was the summer dwelling of the Inca's royal court, the Inca's version of Versailles. As was the case with the renaming of Mayan and Aztec ruins, the names given to various structures by archaeologists are purely imaginary and thus not very helpful; for example, the mausoleum, palace or watchtower at Machu Picchu may have been nothing of the sort. What is clear at Machu Picchu is that the urban plan and the building techniques employed followed those at other Incan settlements, particularly the capital of Cuzco. The location of plazas and the clever use of the irregularities of the land, along with the highly developed aesthetic involved in masonry work, followed the model of the Inca capital. At Machu Picchu, the typical Incan technique of meticulously assembling ashlar masonry and creating walls of blocks without a binding material is astounding. The blocks are sometimes evenly squared and sometimes are of varying shape. In the latter case, the very tight connection between the blocks of stone seems quite remarkable. Even more astounding than the precise stone cutting of the Incas is the method that they used for the transportation and movement on site of these enormous blocks. The Incas did not have the wheel, so all the work was accomplished using rollers and levers. Machu Picchu: The History and Mystery of the Incan City comprehensively covers the history of the city, as well as the speculation surrounding the purpose of Machu Picchu and the debate over the buildings.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Larry Earnhart
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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Historia de las independencias [The History of Independence]

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En esta «Historia de las Independencias» nos conduce por una fantástica aventura a través de los valientes procesos de las independencias latinoamericanas, que tuvieron su desenlace en los siglos XVIII y XIX, con la transformación de los poderes en Europa y la incesante búsqueda de las Américas de una identidad propia. Gracias a este relato seremos testigos del nacimiento de un Continente. Este relato lo llevará por: Los antecedentes circunstanciales e ideológicos que dieron vida a los movimientos independentistas. La fractura de España, el fortalecimiento del Imperio napoleónico, el surgimiento de Inglaterra como potencia mundial y los levantamientos americanos. El nacimiento de un continente. La creación de una América independiente. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2008 Diana Uribe (P)2015 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S. A. U.

Narrator: Diana Uribe
Author: Diana Uribe
Category: History, World
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
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Animal, Vegetable, Junk

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From hunting and gathering to GMOs and ultra-processed foods, this expansive tour of human history rewrites the story of our species - and points the way to a better future. The history of Homo sapiens is usually told as a story of technology or economics. But there is a more fundamental driver: food. How we hunted and gathered explains our emergence as a new species and our earliest technology; our first food systems, from fire to agriculture, tell where we settled and how civilizations expanded. The quest for food for growing populations drove exploration, colonialism, slavery, even capitalism.  A century ago, food was industrialized. Since then, new styles of agriculture and food production have written a new chapter of human history, one that’s driving both climate change and global health crises. Best-selling food authority Mark Bittman offers a panoramic view of the story and explains how we can rescue ourselves from the modern wrong turn.

©2021 Mark Bittman (P)2021 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Narrator: Mark Bittman
Author: Mark Bittman
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
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Christopher Columbus: A Life from Beginning to End

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Everyone knows who Christopher Columbus is, and everyone knows what he discovered and what he is famous for. Who, really, is this man, so shrouded in mystery? Columbus would tell you he was inspired by God to make his voyages, and it takes a brave soul indeed to sail out into the ocean blue where no one has gone before. Inside you will read about.... Early life The Silk Road and beyond Columbus' quest for a voyage First voyage Second voyage Third and fourth voyages Governor of the Indies And much more! In this audiobook, you'll find out all about this most remarkable of men. You will uncover why he thought it so important to never give up on his dream and how impossible his struggles became with each voyage he made. What was it like to sail over the edge of the ocean? This was a voyage not just anyone could undertake. It was the bravery and the brilliance of a man like Christopher Columbus who would make his dream come true and inspire a world to follow him.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Mirror to Damascus

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Described by the author as simply 'a work of love', Mirror to Damascus provides an enthralling and fascinating history of Damascus from the Amorites of the Bible to the revolution of 1966, as well as being a charming and witty personal record of a city well-loved. In explaining how modern Damascus is rooted in immemorial layers of culture and tradition, Colin Thubron explores the historical, artistic, social and religious inheritance of the Damascenes in an amusing and perceptive manner, whilst interspersing the narrative with innumerable anecdotes about travellers of bygone days. Mirror to Damascus is a unique portrait of a city now obscured by recent upheavals, by one of the most indefatigable and popular of travel writers.

©1967 Colin Thubron (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Sean Barrett
Category: History, World
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Vikings

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If you want to learn the fascinating history of the Vikings, then keep listening. Predators, ruthless warriors, looters, barbarians - these are some of the words that were used to describe Vikings.  However, do those words really paint a clear picture of who Vikings were? The answer is no. Vikings were an influential lot that completely changed how things were done in Europe both economically and socially. During their time, the Vikings were so dominant to everyone that they single-handedly shaped an era. Generally, the Viking story is one of courage, intrigue, and brilliance, and it is what this guide is going to share with you today. By listening to this book, you will learn: Who the Vikings really were Where they carried out their raids and how far they went What their social and economic culture was like What they believed in Why they were feared and respected in equal measure The myths surrounding their story Last but not least, what happened to them Scroll up and click "Add to Cart" now!

©2020 World Changing History (P)2020 World Changing History

Narrator: Nikola Williams
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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Steamboats and Sailors of the Great Lakes

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The Great Lakes shipping industry can trace its lineage to 1679 with the launching on Lake Erie of the Griffon, a 60-foot galley weighing nearly 50 tons. Built by LaSalle, a French explorer who had been commissioned to search for a passage through North America to China, it was the first sailing ship to operate on the upper lakes, signaling the dawn of the Great Lakes shipping industry as we know it today.

Steamboats and Sailors of the Great Lakes is the most thorough and factual study of the Great Lakes shipping industry written this century. Author Mark L. Thompson tells the fascinating story of the world's most efficient bulk transportation system, describing the Great Lakes freighters, the cargoes of the great ships, and the men and women who have served as crew. He documents the dramatic changes that have taken places in the industry and looks at the critical role that Great Lakes shipping plays in the economic well-being of the US and Canada, despite the fact that the size of the fleet and the amount of cargo carried have declined dramatically in recent years.

Spanning more than three centuries, from LaSalle's voyage in 1679, through 1975 with the mysterious sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, to life aboard today's thousand-foot behemoths, this important volume documents the evolution of the industry through its "Golden Age" at the end of the 19th century to the present, with a downsized US fleet that numbers fewer than 70 vessels.

The book is published by Wayne State University Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

©1991 Wayne State University Press (P)2018 Redwood Audiobooks

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Category: History, World
Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
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Geheime Sender: Der Rundfunk im Widerstand gegen Hitler

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Rundfunk, der Geschichte machte Dass der Kampf gegen Hitler-Deutschland nicht nur mutig war, sondern oft auch große Unterhaltung, ist hier erstmals in Reden, Liedern, Hörspielen und Kabarettsendungen zu hören, mit denen viele Schriftsteller und Künstler Widerstand leisteten. Die Grußsendungen mit deutschen Kriegsgefangenen waren so beliebt, dass sie tagsüber ausgestrahlt wurden und die Hörer hohe Zuchthausstrafen oder sogar ihr Leben riskierten. Völlig vergessen sind auch die sogenannten "Geisterstimmen" aus Moskau, die auf derselben Frequenz wie die deutschen Nachrichten sendeten und diese mit Zwischenkommentaren begleiteten. Sachkundig führt uns Hans Sarkowicz in die Welt der allierten Propaganda ein, die ganze Geheimsender als deutsche Soldatensender tarnte. Hörbar gemachte Mediengeschichte, wie sie spannender nicht sein kann! Mit hochspannenden Beiträgen von Thomas und Golo Mann, Lotte Lenya, Friedelind Wagner (der Enkelin von Richard Wagner) u. v. a.

©2016 Hessischer Rundfunk / Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv (P)2016 Der Hörverlag

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The Chernobyl Disaster: The History and Legacy of the World's Worst Nuclear Meltdown

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Includes accounts from workers and residents Includes a bibliography for further reading "The risk projections suggest that by now Chernobyl may have caused about 1,000 cases of thyroid cancer and 4,000 cases of other cancers in Europe, representing about 0.01 percent of all incident cancers since the accident. Models predict that by 2065 about 16,000 cases of thyroid cancer and 25,000 cases of other cancers may be expected due to radiation from the accident, whereas several hundred million cancer cases are expected from other causes." (Findings in an article published in the International Journal of Cancer in 2006) Uranium is best known for the destructive power of the atom bombs, which ushered in the nuclear era at the end of World War II, but given the effectiveness of nuclear power, nuclear power plants were constructed around the developed world during the second half of the 20th century. While nuclear power plants were previously not an option and thus opened the door to new, more efficient, and more affordable forms of energy for domestic consumption, the use of nuclear energy understandably unnerved people living during the Cold War and amid ongoing nuclear detonations. After all, the damage wrought on Hiroshima and Nagasaki made clear to everyone what nuclear energy was capable of inflicting, and the health problems encountered by people exposed to the radiation also demonstrated the horrific side effects that could come with the use of nuclear weapons or the inability to harness the technology properly. The first major accident at a nuclear power plant took place at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979, which took nearly 15 years and $1 billion to fully clean up, but Three Mile Island paled in comparison to Chernobyl, which to this day remains the most notorious nuclear accident in history.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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The Path Between the Seas

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Winner of the National Book Award for history, The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. Applying his remarkable gift for writing lucid, lively exposition, McCullough weaves the many strands of the momentous event into a comprehensive and captivating tale.

©2003 David McCullough (P)2003 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc.

Narrator: Edward Herrmann
Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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The Scientific Revolution

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Smarter in sixty minutes.Get smarter in just 60 minutes with in60Learning. Concise and elegantly written nonfiction books and audiobooks help you learn the core subject matter in 20 percent of the time that it takes to read a typical book. Life is short, so explore a multitude of fascinating historical, biographical, scientific, political, and financial topics in only an hour each. The Scientific Revolution was a chain of events that unfolded during the 16th and 17th centuries, which brought about drastic changes in scientific thought. Modern science emerged as advances in astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics transformed society’s perceptions of nature. The publication of Nicolaus Copernicus's On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres is considered by many as the beginning of the Scientific Revolution. Science achieved an autonomous status, distinct from philosophy and technology, with its own goals. An experimental method arose, which sought definite answers to questions articulated in the framework of specific theories, while new criteria for explanation were introduced. The completion of the Scientific Revolution is associated with Isaac Newton's Principia of 1687, which formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation. The Scientific Revolution contributed to the progress of the Enlightenment in the 17th and 18th centuries by providing the philosophical tools necessary to challenge superstitious beliefs.

©2019 in60Learning (P)2020 in60Learning

Narrator: Tony Honickberg
Author: in60Learning
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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Historiography for Beginners

Summary

This guidebook provides a broad summary of Western historiography’s leading figures, theories and methods, from its origins in Classical Greek poetry to the "post-modern" present. It is suitable for students new to the study of historiography or established students who are seeking to consolidate their knowledge.

©2020 Ben Egginton (P)2020 Ben Egginton

Author: Ben Egginton
Category: History, World
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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To Begin the World Over Again

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The first exploration of the profound and often catastrophic impact the American Revolution had on the rest of the world. While the American Revolution led to domestic peace and liberty, it ultimately had a catastrophic global impact - it strengthened the British Empire and led to widespread persecution and duress. From the opium wars in China to anti-imperial rebellions in Peru to the colonization of Australia - the inspirational impact the American success had on fringe uprisings was outweighed by the influence it had on the tightening fists of oppressive world powers. Here Matthew Lockwood presents, in vivid detail, the neglected story of this unintended revolution. It sowed the seeds of collapse for the preeminent empires of the early modern era, setting the stage for the global domination of Britain, Russia, and the United States. Lockwood illuminates the forgotten stories and experiences of the communities and individuals who adapted to this new world in which the global balance of power had been drastically altered.

©2019 Matthew Lockwood (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Paul Boehmer
Category: History, World
Length: 24 hrs and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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The Darwin Awards: Countdown To Extinction

1 rating

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The sixth installment of "The Darwin Awards" features all-new stories of the human race's lowest rung on the evolutionary ladder, and is the latest addition to this successful brand. Aside from the bestselling book and audiobook collection that has sold over 1.5 million copies, The Darwin Awards brand includes a website that gets over one million hits per month and a movie starring Winona Ryder and Joseph Fiennes, T-shirts, greeting cards and much more. After majoring in theatre at Loyola Marymount University, Julie Schaller performed in a variety of stage and Director's Guild projects, as well as voice-overs for industrials, commericals and animation. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Patrick Girard Lawlor, a classically-trained stage actor, has performed on-stage throughout the US and Europe. He has appeared in several feature films, as well as on the TV series, "LA Heat."

©2011 Wendy Northcutt (P)2011 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

Category: History, World
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
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The Modern Scholar: The Lost Warriors of God

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Professor Thomas F. Madden is a widely published author and the director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. In The Lost Warriors of God, Madden examines one of the most fascinating organizations in world history: the Knights Templar, whose members gave up home, family, and worldly possessions to defend the Holy Land and the Christian pilgrims who journeyed there.

©2013 Thomas F. Madden (P)2013 Crescite Group, LLC

Category: History, World
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
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David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World

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David Walker (1796-1830), the son of an enslaved man and a free black woman, was an entrepreneur, abolitionist, author and anti-slavery activist. In 1829, he published An Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, a radical call for black solidarity and resistance to slavery.  It raised awareness of the abuses of slavery, encouraged pride in its black readers and offered hope that change would eventually come. Being a radical anti-slavery document, it caused a stir upon publication, as it called upon readers to take an active role in fighting their oppression, regardless of the risk. Walker also criticized the American Colonization Society, which sought to deport all free and freed blacks from the United States to a colony in Africa.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Author: David Walker
Category: History, World
Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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Alzheimer 2000 - Toter Trakt

Summary

Andreas Ammer und FM Einheit lassen in ihrer im Juni 2002 an der Oper Bonn uraufgeführten Originaltonoper die gealterten Bundesbürger Frau Meinhof und Herrn Baader sich erinnern - an die Zeiten des "legitimen Widerstands" gegen den "faschistischen" deutschen Staat. Viel mehr als die Reminiszenz, ein wenig Sex und ein schnelles Auto ist Frau Meinhof und Herrn Baader allerdings nicht geblieben. Doch dann treten die, zu Opernhelden mutierten Terroristen Ulrike M. und Andreas B. auf und mit ihnen erklingen jene Töne, die unvergesslich bleiben: Die schrillen Fahndungsmeldungen und die hetzerischen Kommentare in Radio und Fernsehen, die hilflosen Verlautbarungen der Politiker, und schließlich die Stimme von Ulrike Meinhof. Mit: Jennifer Minetti (Frau Meinhof), Günter Rüger (Herr Baader), Jasmin Tabatabai (Ulrike M.), Erik Biegel (Andreas B.) und dem Chor der Oper Bonn - Musik: F M Einheit, gespielt vom finnischen Kult-Elektronik-Duo Pansonic und Saskia von Klitzing.

©2016 FM 4.5.1. (P)2016 FM 4.5.1.

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Conquistador Voices

1 rating

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The Spanish Conquest: What really happened? If you like to use your drive time for education by audiobook, consider this audiobook for widening and deepening your view of an event you studied briefly in school - the Spanish conquest of the Americas. Conquistador Voices, which relies more heavily than most works of this kind on first-person accounts, neither glamorizes nor condemns the conquistadors. Somewhat in the manner of a modern film documentary, it treats the so-called conquest as an historical event that’s worth learning about for its own sake, with most of the moralizing left to the listener. In two volumes, Conquistador Voices covers five high-profile personages and their respective roles in this epochal event. Vol I features the voyages of Christopher Columbus and the conquest of Mexico by Hernán Cortés, while vol II provides an in-depth look at the conquest of Peru by Francisco Pizarro, the years-long desert odyssey of Álvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, and the North American expedition of Hernando de Soto. Both volumes get deeply into details of Native American life in those times. Spice up your drive time with this entertaining and educational audiobook excursion into the past.

©2015 Kevin H Siepel (P)2020 Kevin H Siepel

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Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
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Anne Boleyn: The Second Wife

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The complete story of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII. Historically accurate account of Anne’s life. Anne’s great-grandfather’s death at Bosworth with Richard III. Her grandfather jailed in the Tower of London. Her parent’s scandalous marriage. The death of her two brothers. Anne’s relationship to Henry VIII through their mutual aunt, Anne of a York. Anne’s life in the Flemish Court with her mentor Margaret of Austria. Anne’s education with the future Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, and the future Queens of France, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Hungary. Her mentors in the French Court - Louise of Savoy, Queen Marguerite of Navarre, and Queen Claude of France. Her friendship with Diane du Pointier. Anne’s trip to the Mediterranean Sea. Leonardo da Vinci influence on Anne. Anne’s relationships with the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the French King Francis I. Her sister’s love affairs with both Francis I and Henry VIII. Her near marriage to her cousin James Butler, the future Irish Earl. Anne’s love affair with Henry Percy, the future Duke of Northumberland. Anne’s banishment from court by Cardinal Wolsey. Her sister’s two children by Henry VIII. Anne’s return to the Tudor Court by becoming Henry’s favorite lady. Henry’s love letters to Anne. Anne Boleyn uphill battle for seven years trying to become the Queen of England. Anne’s near death from the sweating sickness. Henry’s devotion to Anne despite her rejecting his offers of a sexual relationship. Anne outmaneuvers Katherine of Aragon, Charles V, the Pope, and Wolsey when she persuades Henry to marry her. Henry’s abandonment of his first wife, Katherine of Aragon. Henry’s desire for Anne turns England upside down when Henry forced the separation of the Church of England from the Catholic Church. Charles V’s threat of an invasion of England. Thomas More and Cardinal Fisher’s beheadings. Henry declares his daughter, Mary Tudor, a bastard. Anne Boleyn triumph in 1533 when she became Henry’s second wife and Queen. The birth of her daughter, Elizabeth I. Cromwell’s betrayal. Henry’s near death at a jousting competition. The miscarriage of her son. Anne’s last letter to Henry pleading for her life. Anne’s execution that stunned the world and left her daughter a bastard. The aftermath of Anne’s death. Anne Boleyn’s biological relationship with the current Elizabeth II and today’s Royal Family of England.

©2020 B Lynn Blake (P)2020 B. Lynn Blake

Narrator: Mike Piscitelli
Category: History, World
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
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History of the World (Updated)

4 ratings

Summary

In his monumental History of the World, J.M. Roberts delivered a powerful vision of human history as a story of change, a deliberate shaping of experience and environment. This revised and updated edition takes into account the great range of events and discoveries that have altered our views on everything from early civilizations to post-Cold War globalism. Large portions of the text have been rewritten. Roberts' view of history is exceptional in its global and comprehensive nature as it shows the development of different civilizations through the ages, from our origins on the African savannah to the modern world in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Like no other book, this History of the World succeeds in conveying the staggering diversity of the human experience.

©1976 J. M. Roberts (P)2003 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Category: History, World
Length: 54 hrs and 46 mins
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The Middle Ages: A History From Beginning to End

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What do you think of when you consider the Middle Ages? Knights in armor and damsels in distress? Vikings plundering monasteries? Religious dissenters burning at the stake? The dead bodies piling up as war, famine, and plague devastated Europe?  Think again. While all these are part of the tapestry of the medieval era, the threads of politics, personality and war, culture, religion, education and the arts are vastly more intricate and fascinating. Think Charlemagne, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Joan of Arc, Peter Abelard, Geoffrey Chaucer and a riveting cast of thousands. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Western Europe had to reinvent itself and redefine its philosophical parentage.  Inside you will hear about... The Early Middle Ages Advancing to Empire with Charlemagne The High Middle Ages The Flowering of the Church Times of Change The Late Middle Ages The End and the Beginning As the Christian Church filled the void left by the loss of Roman authority, nations would emerge out of blurred geographical boundaries and dynastic kings would evolve from warlords. Rome gets the glory, and the Renaissance gets the glamor, but they are bookends for the dynamic centuries that are known as the Middle Ages.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

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Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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Captain John Franklin's Lost Expedition

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"The sad story takes us back to the June of 1845. The two discovery ships, the Erebus and Terror, are at sea, with the transport containing their supplies in attendance on them. The time is noon; the place on the ocean is near the island of Rona, 70 or 80 miles from Stromness; and the two steamers, Rattler and Blazer, are taking leave - a last, long leave - of the Arctic voyagers." - The Living Age, 1859 Most anyone who has received a basic education in world history knows the story of how "in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." Most also know that Christopher Columbus made first contact with the Americas while searching for a water route to Asia. However, far fewer people remember that the search for such a route continued for centuries after Columbus' death. After the discovery of the Americas, several European countries were interested in finding the route, and nations from France to Spain sent out explorers searching for the mysterious route. While these voyages did not reveal the hoped for route, they did result in large parts of both North and South America being mapped, and as more of the new land mass was determined, the parameters of the search for such a route were narrowed. By the 18th century, explorers began to seek such a route to the north, looking for the legendary Northwest Passage.

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Narrator: Kenneth Ray
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Maya Civilization: A Captivating Guide to Maya History and Maya Mythology

Summary

In this captivating guide, you will discover why Maya have gained such worldwide admiration over the many other civilizations that existed in Mesoamerica at the time. You will learn how the Maya civilization developed, the major turning points in their 3,000-year-long history, the mysteries surrounding their demise, and some of the unique places where Maya exist to this day. In the first part of this audiobook, you will discover the origins of the Maya civilization and the Mesoamerican cultures that may have influenced them. You will find out why Maya (out of all the different tribes that existed in the region at the time) have captured the imagination of the West so much. The audiobook will reveal how they lived, ate, slept, whom they worshipped, and how they used herbal medicines and hallucinogenic plants to treat the sick. You learn about their trading routes and rivalries with another